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Reader’s Comment of the Day: The BBC has replaced the Christian mission with trite liberal causes


In response to David Keighley: The BBC’s ‘religion’ is the promotion of equality not Christianity, BSO wrote:

I listened to “Feedback” stuck in traffic. I turned it off at one point and put it back on. I took away from it an assumption that Christianity had to justify its place in the schedule and that things were “changing”. There is a tendency to see those who indicate they are Christian in the census as not being worthy of respect because they do not regularly attend church. The theme is always one of decline, particularly in C of E attendances generally, of course ignoring the Roman, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches.

But at the root of this is the social liberal agenda and the scientism that goes with it, which seek to eradicate Christian influence in society. The leaders of the Christian churches have generally failed to raise to the challenge and clearly we are now at a tipping point.

To understand England, Britain and indeed human history you have to understand Christianity and not the adolescent ‘all religions are dangerous poisons nonsense’ version of it. Two parts blind materialism and one part anti-Catholicism regurgitating half digested so called “Enlightenment” myths, such as Galileo being attacked for challenging the Bible with facts – utter nonsense.

The BBC can rise above this, but usually only if a producer or presenter in a programme has a real grasp of the Christian tradition. Michael Wood’s 1981 BBC documentary on Aethelstan, The Tudor Monastery Farm and some of the medieval history coverage can do this. But current affairs usually fails, as it can not resist the “God of the Gaps” nonsense..

I thought it illuminating that “Feedback” contained a report on the “Sunday” programme. I often listen to it before I get up and go to church. Most of the time “Sunday” is disappointing. It seems preoccupied with a liberal equality-based agenda and therefore obsessed with homosexuality,  and to a lesser extent women bishops in
the Church of England and food banks. The “progressive agenda” seems to replace the Christian mission. Christianity when covered is often about the social gospel and there are no theological, historical or moral issues. Abortion is hard, therefore, to cover, as is sex.

Liberal Christianity comes through in terms of presenters and broadcasters on Radio 4 and of course reflects the leadership of the C of E, the Catholic Tablet magazine and increasingly the Vatican.

When did the Church of England move from being the Conservative Party at prayer to the liberal elite?

Beneath this “surface” is real Christianity seldom featured. Sacramental,
or evangelical, or worshipful, or socially beleaguered and vibrant, adaptive or resistant to change.

Orthodox  Christianity can hold up a challenging mirror to modernity we seldom get to see or hear.

“Feedback” did explain how “Sunday’s” coverage of Christianity and other religions flows from the media stories of the week, which in my opinion is overwhelmingly a secularist and conflict-driven perspective on religion.

In the churches of Britain, there are lots of different things happening that are barely mentioned. There is a vibrant annual evangelical agenda, Orthodox churches with both close relationships with Greek and Eastern European countries and a reverence for British Christian history. Today we were taught about Saint Plegmund the translator of the “pastoral care” of Gregory the Great and commissioned by Alfred the Great as a cornerstone of ancient British governance.

Occasionally, as if from nowhere, “Sunday” will do something thoughtful, insightful, such as the episode on moderate Islam a couple of weeks ago. I would say one in four Sunday programmes leave me deeply dissatisfied.

For those who “do not pay their licence fee to be indoctrinated”, I merely say I have to put up with relentless evolution quasi science, global warming, feminist victimology, humanist tropes, socialist sneering and hostility to Christianity in most of what passes for humour on the BBC. I know who gets the better deal and it is not we Christians.

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