The myth of decline
AS WE NEAR the end of Advent Embertide, it is very meet and right that we should give some consideration to our beloved church. In this time of Anglican fracturing and debates over the very substance of our Christian faith, we live under the constant rhetoric of decline. Our faith is in peril, they say. Our church is shrinking. We need to re-imagine ourselves! Indeed, we do need to “re-imagine” the church, but not in the way many would have us believe.
Dr. Ian Markham, the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, offers his cheering and well-founded opinion on the matter of decline. He thinks it is all bunkum, and so do we. The big threat to the church, according to Dean Markham, is twofold: (1) a false rhetoric of despair, especially when used to further the private agendas of those who have a problem with our tradition, and (2) old-fashioned secularization, that old nemesis of Christianity, and the one the church is uniquely well equipped to take up the fight against. We hope that you will enjoy and take heart. Our King and Saviour draweth nigh! Venite adoremus.