The UK Bible Students
Muggeridge On The Church Of England:
Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered
(Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1969), p. 139.
‘It is not by chance that
the vogue word Establishment derives from the Church of England.
monarch its titular head, and a largely pagan parliament responsible for its
governance, this curious body has hitherto been one of the main props of the
social and economic status quo.
it remains so still, but the actual support it offers proves on examination to
be largely illusory, like one of those painted pillars one sees on Italian
Though the Archbishop of
Canterbury may take precedence at ceremonial functions over other officers of
the crown, like the prime minister, his effective authority, such as it is,
scarcely reaches beyond the ramshackle institution over which he presides.
like divorce, homosexuality, and the so-called “New Morality,” the tide is
flowing strongly against the traditional Christian position, often with the
connivance of eminent churchmen.’