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Rev Julian Mann: Britain 2099. A country divided between Muslim and Christian zones?


With the Muslim population in Britain growing so quickly and its communities becoming so socially successful, it is possible that by the end of this century this country could be partitioned.

Whilst the Muslim areas would likely be mainly non-white, they would not be exclusively so. By 2099 many more white, secular British people could have converted to Islam. Over the coming decades, women disillusioned with sexual permissiveness and family chaos and men, disenfranchised in education and employment, are bound to find its moral rigour, differentiation between the sexes and social cohesion very attractive.

Nor would the non-Muslim areas be exclusively white. Black Christian people, for example, would certainly want to live in non-Muslim areas provided they were free to practise their faith.

Partition would probably see some cities in Britain come under Muslim government, others under secular, residually democratic rule. London would probably have to be divided between the two.

On current trajectories, a comparison between the economic, social and military performance of the two nations would be like pitting a football team of middle-aged vicars against Chelsea or Manchester City. The Muslims would win with their legs tied together.

So, the only hope for the non-Muslim conurbations would be Christianity. Unlike Islam with its all-encompassing religious regime, Christianity allows Church and State their own legitimate spheres. This can enable Christian societies to achieve a degree of civil liberty and accountable government even when they are under threat.

Under partition, the order necessary for civil defence in the Christian areas would have to derive from the New Testament’s teaching about self-restraint, good neighbourliness and family responsibility.

The foundation of this albeit precarious social stability would have to be the divine teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ when he said in reply to a religious question about the payment of taxes to the secular government: ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s’ (Matthew 22v21 – Authorised Version).

For civic survival in the non-Muslim areas, a hopefully Christian Caesar would need to make military service compulsory for young adult males, and he would need to make divorce harder than it currently is.

Inevitably, partition Britain would be an unstable island, rather like the socio-political situation Alfred of Wessex had to contend with in the 9th Century AD. But at least voluntarily full churches in non-Muslim residential areas would mean one could enjoy a drink in a pub with one’s wife and be able to look her in the face.

One would have the Lord Jesus to thank for that.

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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