Defining oneself as a Christian has suddenly become problematical in our society. It is not just the case of the nurse Shirley Chaplin, who was asked to remove her cross; the issue goes much wider than that.
There are three reasons for this new situation. First, as a result of globalisation and its associated factor, immigration, religion has become an important marker of identity. I know someone who said that they hardly thought of themselves as Muslim in their original country, whereas now this is central to their being.
One effect of this is that whereas the indigenous population of England once simply defined themselves as Church of England or, in army parlance, “left-footers” if they were Roman Catholics, simply being a Christian can now seem the defining category.… Seguir leyendo »