‘Kirk can’t stop tide of disbelief’
The new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland recently issued an urgent rallying call for the Church to connect with the next generation or risk faith fading from society.
Rt Rev John Chalmers told the General Assembly:
A tide has to be turned because a generation of people out there are being invited to live a life of disbelief – if not unbelief. And there is no justification for that.
This Church of ours has to stop its navel gazing, get out under subjects that no one is actually talking about and get out there and capitalise on the fact that people still want purpose and faith in their lives, they just need it to be: accessible, relevant, generous and forgiving.
So, what about the gays, then?
Chalmers commented on the General Assembly’s vote in favour of a proposal which could eventually lead to the ordination of ministers in civil partnerships.
We have dealt with our own internal struggles and we have sent to our Presbyteries an Overture which may pave the way for a period of Church life when we will set the issue of human sexuality to one side and focus on the urgent business of mission, ministry and service to the people of Scotland.
If anyone knows what this actually means, please enlighten me.
Despite the title of his article (‘Relight the fire of faith in Church’s spiritual refugees’, 13 July), the Moderator of the Church of Scotland is calling on Kirk members to encourage lapsed members to rejoin ‘the community of faith’, but, surprisingly, without having to believe anything, perhaps not even having to believe in the Resurrection, the key belief of Christianity (1 Corinthians 15:14)!
I suspect that many Kirk members are already sceptical of the magical events reported in the Gospels and that they attend for social reasons and/or, perhaps, out of habit. Religious belief is declining (now only half the population believe), no doubt to the consternation of the Kirk and other religious organisations. But increasing rejection of superstition is encouraging and it will not be stemmed by the Kirk calling on people to come to it for a sense of belonging, leaving their beliefs behind.
We would all be better of for seeing Christianity for what it is: a delusion.
Alas, no link to that letter, but Steuart Campbell messaged me today to say he was “amazed” that the paper had published his letter under the title “Kirk can’t stop tide of disbelief”