The postponed UK 2021 Census showed that the number of people who identify as Christian continues to decline and is now less than half of the total population. With further evidence of the decline of the religion and variations of “Oh, dear” from various churches, it brought tidings of secular joy.
British politicians still generally don’t “do God”, nor are they likely to. The current prime minister is holding the Diwali festival, which may reflect public opinion in this sense. Bible in hand, bread to President Trump outside the parish home of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington. US politicians, especially Republicans, increasingly believe in God for a variety of reasons.
Many US Democrats may envy Britain’s comfortable worldliness. Evangelicals make up nearly a quarter of the US population of 332 million and dominate American Protestantism. They tend to share related commitments and beliefs: Biblical literalism, rejection of ideas other than their own, and, for many, strange thoughts about the end of the world.November 2020, White Evangelicals Christians voted 84% of him for Trump. 77% of him in 2016 were against Hillary Clinton.
Nonetheless, and like Britain, the United States is actually becoming more secular. reported that they had no religion. But US politics is becoming more religious.
Since the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), Republicanism has increasingly appropriated the themes of its powerful evangelical advocates. , gender was brought before Congress and the Supreme Court. In the 1970s, stemming from his famous Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, abortion was largely a Catholic issue. But it became a central concern of evangelicals by the 2020 presidential election, provoking passionate reactions on both sides of the debate.
Both major UK parties are looking over their shoulders at the tactics of US parties in their quest for electoral dominance. Both use data collection and targeted campaigns. Conservatives got a trick he or she two from Republicans. The 2022 Elections Act requires visual ID on the false grounds of eliminating virtually non-existent identity fraud. It has the effect of deterring minorities, young and poor voters.
Much of our modern anxieties stem from the rise and threat of unaccountable dictatorships, while democracies are undermined by irrational politics, culture wars, lies and deceit. It is also derived from The takeover of American Protestantism by evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity has arguably separated faith from reason and provided QAnon with a religious antechamber. I barely made it through. The US’s near-mutiny over the past decade at the beginning of her 2021, and the UK government’s rapid immersion in factional politics, are giving a whole new meaning to ‘the special relationship’.
In his recently published book, David Hollinger Christianity‘fate of america We present Christianity in the United States as a religious “two-party” system mapped to two political parties. He calls the old mainstream church “ecumenical.” Open to multiculturalism and dialogue, open to enlightenment and science, and committed to social justice, it finds its congregation drifting away. Alternative His Christian community — well-guarded, populist, aggressive and burgeoning — is immersed in a culture war, determined to win at all costs. Of course, reality has its nuances with the evangelicals of Jim Wallis. sojourner, Notable for its “social gospel”.Reverend Rick Warren saddlebag Megachurch broke new ground (see success in his book) purposeful life) Supporting minorities and outsiders in their recovery from AIDS and addiction.
Roman Catholics, like Evangelicals, now make up nearly a quarter of the US population, largely thanks to the rising numbers of Hispanic Americans. According to the Pew Foundation, the 32 million predominantly Catholic Hispanic voters are split between one-third Republicans and two-thirds Democrats. Interestingly, however, 6 out of 10 of his white Catholics who attend Mass monthly or more often voted for Trump in 2020, while 36% voted for fellow Catholic Joe Biden. I voted. At this time he had 22 Catholic senators, 10 of whom were Republicans and he had 12 Democrats, and in 1965 he had 2 of his 14 Catholic senators at the time. All but one were Democrats.
Because of the size and wealth of the Church of America, Catholic Churches around the world are feeling the backlash from this growing politicization. Outside the Vatican, the movement against the current pope, motivated both by his papal style and inclusive openness, is largely based in the United States. In August 2018, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who served as Vatican ambassador to the United States from 2011 to his 2016, led an attempt to discredit Francis and force him to resign. Vigano was supported by about 20 US bishops.
Key officials of the recently elected United States Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) have given some thought to the Pope’s question. The president is Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of Military Service, who called for exemption for troops who do not want Covid vaccination, contrary to the Pope’s message to be vaccinated. Broglio also links clergy homosexuality to the church’s sex abuse scandal, a widely denied claim.
Vice President is Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee. Victim of sexual abuse by clergy in Maryland calls for his resignation. Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma is chairman of the Key Committee on Priorities and Planning and is currently secretary of the conference. He spoke in favor of the abolition of the death penalty, but also expressed his “great respect for Archbishop Vigano and his personal integrity”.
Former USCCB presidents Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles and Archbishop Corkley both hold advisory roles to the wealthy business association NAPA (founded in the late 19th century).th century in the small Northern California town of that name), it attracts ultra-wealthy members with strong right-wing views and Republican sympathies. Opposed in most respects to the vision of the Church of England and Catholics, expressed in his speeches and encyclicals, here in England by mostly Anglican and Catholic leaders.
The late Pope Benedict XVI, who died on New Year’s Eve and was buried in Rome on Thursday, is perhaps best remembered in Britain for his speech at Westminster Hall on 17 December 2010 on the moral foundations of democracy. will He found a sympathetic listener. “The world of reason and the world of faith, the world of secular rationality and the world of religious belief, need each other, and are not afraid to enter into a profound and continuous dialogue for the benefit of our civilization. I propose not to.” A message for American Republicans to take to heart.
Thanks to the theological common sense and vigilance of the Evangelical League of England, the Church of England, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and the bishops of Scotland, we have avoided the dangerous ecclesiastical and political convergence of the United States. Catholics and mainstream Protestants continue to cling to both faith and reason, making important contributions to a weakened democracy.
The new year has many issues facing both President Biden and Pope Francis that face huge related but different pressures.The erosion of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic requires urgent rectification. And he said in 2023, commentators should resolve to remember that numbers matter when it comes to church membership, but numbers alone aren’t necessarily a sign of health, as the United States shows. I have.
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