Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Says Secularism Is Spectacular Failure When It Comes To People Of Faith
by Andy Walton, Christian Today:
A retired Church of England Bishop says secularism ‘has failed spectacularly in relating to people of faith’
Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester for 15 years until his retirement in 2009, was speaking in a lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies, reported in Eastern Eye.
Nazir-Ali, who was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the C of E said, ‘What has isolated communities is a lack of any sense of a common citizenship in the nation… Doctrines of multiculturalism, for instance, have simply allowed people to be on their own.’
He suggested that secularism wasn’t able to cope with complex religious and cultural identities. ‘What we need are policies that respect culture and respect religion, but at the same time encourage common citizenship – a common language.’