Tuesday, May 13, 2008


This one passed me by at the time. But I see that back in January '08 there was an amusing little story doing the rounds claiming that a motion calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England has been listed in the British House of Commons as 666 (the number of the Beast in the book of Revelation). First picked up by Agence France and Yahoo News UK, it was further syndicated by the evangelical agency Assist, who helpfully noted that "Ekklesia, the UK Christian think tank, was the first body publicly to call for moves towards the formal disestablishment of the Church of England in the wake of the engagement of Prince Charles and Ms Camilla Parker-Bowles, announced in February, 2005" and that "Ekklesia associate Simon Barrow contributed to a recent volume of essays, Setting the Church of England Free (edited by Kenneth Leech, Jubilee Group) among whose authors was an Oxford Professor and other senior Anglicans, including the late Archbishop Trevor Huddleston (pictured)." The book actually appeared in 2002. There are still copies around, and we are endeavouring to liberate them from somebody's store in order to make them available through Metanoia.

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