The 59-year-old Bishop of Rochester, who has been in the spotlight for his controversial views on the rise of Islam in the UK and the increasing secularization of the British society, is to leave the office soon. The resignation, which is seen as a sign of dissatisfaction with the current direction of the Church of England under Rowan Williams, is yet another indication to the widening gap between the conservative and liberal wings of the Anglican leadership. While the liberals, who are prepared to grant greater legal recognition to sharia, may take delight in hearing Nazir-Ali’s decision, the conservatives will mourn the loss of a man whom they see as the vanguard of traditional Christianity. Read full story here and here.
Church–State Relations in Europe
By Russell Sandberg and Norman Doe , Cardiff University
(Vol. 2, September 2007)
‘Anglicanism’ is the term usually employed to denote the distinctive features of the ecclesia Anglicana …
By ALISTER E. McGRATH
From The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought