Jenny Taylor's blog

There's religious truth - and then there's politically opportune religious 'truth'

It is typical of the Archbishop of Canterbury to use a moment when the media floodlight is full on him to say something awkward.

Typically brave, controversial, and timely, that is.

Contrary to the myth surrounding his incumbency, he has managed to go on communicating presciently and meaningfully into the public square, whatever the obstacles he faces (and an amateurish media department has not been the least of them).

Far from being an incoherent geek always putting his foot in it, Rowan Williams understands the times and what will resonate.

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Secularization is over, all bar the shouting.

This article first appeared at

Secularization is in retreat.  One of the surprising aspects of David Cameron’s de-secularizing speech at Christ Church, Oxford to commemorate the end of the 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible was that evangelical Christians seemed unwilling to acknowledge his striking recognition of the fact.

Rather than cheering a brave and careful contribution to a process that is well under way – the return of Christianity to the public sphere – they judged the man instead.

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Bahrain: Burt must see that the 'tolerance' is just for show

The King of Bahrain was in Britain last week while Alistair Burt, the responsible Foreign Minister, made a reciprocal visit to this desert island of 1.2million in the Gulf off Saudi Arabia.  I hope Mr Burt who is an evangelical Christian, spoke up for more than 'tolerance'.

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