The following is an excerpt of an article by Ewan Gillings. This features in our Conservative’s Guide to University Special Issue, available from the 15th October.
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Perhaps an example will help to demonstrate my point. I attended a meeting of the Christian Union in my second year of university on the assumption that it would be a sort of colloquial sermon and a chat about Christianity on campus, or perhaps wider discussions of faith. What I was not prepared for was a guitar, singing, and an overwhelming sense that I was very far out of my comfort zone. As the hands of those next to me were elevated upwards, I thought that I had stumbled into some sort of southern baptist Louisiana megachurch. It seemed like a deleted scene from Borat.
Such a setup within a specific society is not really much of a problem. My issue is with the fact that this was the Christian Union, the singular entity meant to represent the ‘broad church’ of Christians on campus. And yet, by adopting such a modernist position in terms of how it conducts itself, it alienates many who are more aligned to traditional Anglicanism. In this respect, then, university Christian societies mirror the Church of England; a wide range of believers exist within both, and yet only the modern, ‘progressive’ are heard.
Within the last few years the Anglican Society at the university has closed down, and become amalgamated with the Methodist Society to form the ‘Inclusive Christian Society’, which is so far removed from any sense of traditional Anglicanism that it feels the need to specify the ‘preferred pronouns’ of its committee members. Such behaviour is commonplace within the mass of festering liberal wastelands that the societies are forced to become in order to comply with University rules, but it is a shame to see that a Christian society is so willing to embrace this modern, anti-historical, and anti-biblical trend.
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Read the rest of this article in the print issue, information on which can be found HERE.
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