Friday, February 24, 2017

This is Hardly New

The BBC: Writing Christianity Out of History

It was particularly noticeable during the run of the popular crunchy gravel series, Downton Abbey. Although set mostly in the 1920's, it was extremely odd for there to be no mention of the liturgical year or the family's common relationship with the local vicar.  After all, Lord Whatever, as the largest landowner, would have been the local vestry warden and chairman of the parish council.  There would have always been a seat at the dinner table for the local clergy.  Always.

That's history, though, and such things are "inconvenient" in this nihilistic age of spiritual cowards. Besides, back when I was a student in the U.K. in the early 1970's, the BBC was a well-known "safe space" for British Communists, who are hardly defenders of any faith.