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With Tory–hating political bishops like this, the church hasn’t got a prayer

With Tory–hating political bishops like this, the church hasn’t got a prayer

‘She and her colleagues — including her husband, who is also an Anglican priest — might usefully study a report by the think–tank Theos, which revealed that while 70 per cent of lay Anglicans think state benefits can create dependency, almost two–thirds of ordinands take exactly the opposite view. As Nick Spencer of Theos put it, pithily, the relationship between vicars and their congregations resembles ‘Guardian readers preaching at Daily Mail readers’.’

Theos is mentioned in this article about the Bishop of St David’s, Dr Joanna Penberthy’s tweets.

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Posted 7 June 2021

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