The Church of England’s main legislative body has rejected a report saying marriage can only be between a man and a woman, plunging the church into a new crisis.
England’s state church is deeply divided over the issue, with liberals calling on it to change Christian doctrine on the issue while conservatives insist such a change is impossible.
Within the Church, a “liberal” means a non-Christian, an apostate. The whole idea of marriage in a Church is sanctity. By backing an abomination, the CofE has lost any further reason to exist as an organization.
A YouGov poll conducted in August-September 2014 found that 17% of Anglican clergy in England do not believe in a personal God. Only 24% describe themselves as conservative in theology. Only 28% say that Christianity is the only path to God.
When asked “what you most rely on for guidance,” only 12% said the Bible, while 33% said conscience or reason. Retired Church of England clergyman David Paterson said, “I preach using God’s terminology, but never with the suggestion that God actually exists” (“Anglican Clergy Don’t Believe,” Breitbart, Oct. 28, 2014).