Atheism in the UK

May 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Ha! We’re winning! Oh, atheists that is. According to a story in the Guardian , more people in England and Wales identify with no-religion than as Christians. It’s hard not to be cynical about religion in Britain though.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. After Martin Luther provokes a split in the church, the king of England, Henry VIII writes a screed condemning Luther and is awarded the tittle “Defender of the Faith” by the Pope.

Flash forward a few years, and Henry is stuck in a marriage to Catherine of Aragon who has been unable to produce a son for Henry (In all fairness, it’s not her fault). since divorce is not allowed, Henry wants an annulment, which basically means the marriage never happened. And so, this would make Henry’s daughter Mary a bastard and Catherine a prostitute. Given that the Pope’s main ally and protector was Catherine’s brother, it didn’t seem to be in the cards.

Then, Henry had a dream. God wanted him to start his own church where divorce was cool and by the way entitled him to seize much of the church’s land for redistribution to Henry’s friends and the clergymen who could see the writing on the wall. (Over-simplified I know, but I think the comic flavour compensates)

And you wonder why people are cynical. Surprising it took so long.

 

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