Church of England Creating a ‘Pagan Church’

Simply to recruit members.

The Church of England is trying to recruit pagans and spiritual believers as part of a drive to retain congregation numbers.

Bound for epic failure!

The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers.

Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers.

Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.”

He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre”…


The rest is here.

Lord have mercy on these poor deluded souls!



8 thoughts on “Church of England Creating a ‘Pagan Church’

  1. I disagree. Members of the Church of England have been baptised and therefore they are by definition Christians, not pagans. But it is an ecclesial community which has very largely lost it’s way.

    We ought to be surprised After all, the transformation of the Church in England into the Church of England can be thought of as a process of nationalisation – the creation of corporate bodies owned and controlled by the state. Well, the UK experience of nationalised corporations has not been all that happy.

    So what is surprising is not the latest fad of the dottier members of its clergypersons, but the fact that so much of the true faith has been retained by so many in spite of its leadership.

  2. The Telegraph is notoriously bad for reporting rumour as fact. The truth of this story is that a CofE vicar has suggested that the Church Mission Society might consider doing something like that to evangelise amongst pagans. Completely daft, I agree, but it hasn’t come from General Synod, or been suggested by any bishop.

    I’m always inclined to believe the worst of the CofE as it gurgles ever deeper down the drain of irrelevance, but this one is hard to swallow even for me.

  3. why would the CMS’ suggestion of evangelising among the pagans be ‘completely daft’? Is not this what even the RC church has been doing for millennia? Should we stop?

    1. That’s not what I said. There’s a distinction between evangelising to all and sundry, and creating a “pagan church”. The former is an explicit divine commandment and the responsibility of every Christian. The latter is syncretism. That is the daft thing to which I was referring.

  4. Sadly it appears you mistake contextualization for syncretism. Read through Steve Hollinghurst’s own response and listen to his words rather than those of a sloppy journalist out for a story. It is not good to bear false witness, full stop.

    We do contextualize the Christian message in forest Church, and we work on the edges with those the religious zealots prefer to walk on the other side of the street rather than engage with those Jesus has called us to love.

    Bound to fail? With Christ at the centre What’s to fail?

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