AS Boris Johnson and Tony Blair (ostensibly Christian) fall in line with the global elite to lead us towards totalitarian ideals, I am gladdened to see that almost 1,000 of Britain’s Christian leaders across a range of denominations have sent a letter to the Prime Minister in protest. I first learned this on reading Kathy Gyngell’s piece in TCW.
They are concerned about the overreach of science, particularly vaccine passports, global surveillance, and demarcation of the healthy and the sick.
Now, no one is suggesting that science and engineering – activities I’ve been involved in all my professional life – are godless endeavours.
On the contrary, God demands that we work and build up, study and learn. But godless science is dangerous, especially if it is explicitly godless, as it was in the socialist bloc, and as it is in China today.
It is worth remembering that the word ‘scientist’ was originally pejorative. The philosopher-statesman Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) envisioned a world run by scientists: Enrobed fellows guiding society to truth.
Today in the UK, this is precisely what we have in the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). All its members needed was the pretext of a national emergency to ascend to power and fulfil Bacon’s vision of a scientific utopia.
Bacon is attributed with coining the phrase scientia potentia est (knowledge is power), scientia being one of the three Latin classifications of knowledge. As the Church used to teach, and it should be teaching today, scientia is partial knowledge that inevitably gravitates to evil if it is detached from sapientia (wisdom) and prudentia (vision).
I notice that the leading signatory of the letter is a Rev Dr Jamie Franklin, a curate in the Church of England (my own faith community). By contrast, our senior faith leaders seem to me to have made a priority of accommodating secular ideas and trends, even wokeism, and submitting to the scientific priesthood of SAGE.
As I wrote in this piece on my personal blog in February, for a year now our nation’s highest-ranking leaders, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Anglican, seem to have been teaching a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
It seems to me that ‘Church Central’ in Lambeth has confused the pseudo ‘catholicity’ of Big Tech’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (described here enthusiastically by Matt Hancock) with the real deal: The sacramental unity of mankind for which ‘the Holy Catholic Church’ is the vehicle.
And the vehicle, in the holy metaphor, is a ship, which is why the central part of our churches and cathedrals is called the ‘nave’ – meaning ship.
Eighty-one years ago, the Little Ships of Dunkirk set sail from these shores to help rescue the trapped British Army. Without this selfless ‘Dunkirk spirit’, we could not have continued to fight the war, and – as Winston Churchill warned – the whole of Christian civilisation would have been plunged into darkness.
Today, the world is rushing headlong into a global technocracy with universal surveillance, led by godless organisations with specious goals, such as the Chinese Communist Party, the United Nations (and its agency The World Health Organisation), the World Economic Forum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Increasingly, we are seeing science for science’s sake, and medicine for medicine’s sake.
Perhaps the Dunkirk spirit of the little churches will save Britain from Boris Johnson, and save wider Christian civilisation from the Gates of Hell. It would take a miracle, but I believe in miracles.
As a member of the laity, I have already begun trying to make contact with some of the Church of England signatories on the letter. I for one will be joining their flotilla.