Liberals should stop patronising believers

Jan 3, 2021 by

by Theo Hobson, Spectator:

An editorial in the Guardian on Friday suggests that this year may be a good one for liberal Christians, and gives them a little pat on the back.

The suggestion is based on four things: the churches have shown their social relevance during the pandemic; the incoming American president is a liberal Catholic; in his latest book Pope Francis has called for a ‘new humanism’; the leader of the Orthodox Church, Bartholomew I, has spoken in favour of social justice. It also notes that illiberal Christianity is going strong, citing Poland’s illiberalism on abortion, and Trump’s recent support from evangelicals, but it opts for optimism: liberal Christians have a vital role to play in creating ‘a less polarised, more fraternal public square’.

This sums up the liberal view of religion: some of it is surprisingly acceptable! […]

[…]  This whole approach is patronising and lacking in self-knowledge. Liberalism thinks itself the wiser, cooler sibling of religion, nobly helping its embarrassing brother to be a bit less awful. In fact it is religion’s self-righteous little sister, lacking in self-knowledge.

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