British Prime Minister David Cameron recently marked the 400th anniversary of the King James’ Bible by declaring that Great Britain is a “Christian country” and “we should not be afraid to say so.” Cameron was speaking at Christ Church, Oxford before a Church of England audience.
The speech will trouble dogmatic secularists of course. But it also should alert many American religionists who enthusiastically insist that Christendom is dead. Perhaps the embers, however muted, of what reputedly began with the Emperor Constantine almost 1700 years ago still burn, even in a nation like Britain where only 5 percent are regular churchgoers.
Acknowledging that critics would be concerned about his remarks, and claiming for himself “no religious authority whatsoever,” Cameron described himself as a “committed” but “vaguely practising” Church of England Christian “who will stand up for the values and principles of my faith.”