SATURDAY, 20 APRIL 2013
Gay marriage poll and Christian morality
Overall, the more emphasis people give to religious authority, the less they support same-sex marriage. Those most opposed are those who both claim certainty about belief in God and also make decisions primarily on the basis of explicit religious authorities. The poll sets them at 9% of the population.
So gone are the days when church leaders played an influential role in the moral debates of the nation. Now their pronouncements are only of interest to church members, and even they only treat them as authoritative if they agree with them anyway.
This leaves some questions. If you know the answers please put them in a comment.
- How did we get to this?
- Will churches ever recover their former credibility?
- While churches don’t give a convincing moral lead, is society missing anything?
Here are the figures (click to enlarge):
Have just discovered this little gem from the web-site of ‘Thinking Anglicans. Jonathan Clatworthy, of ‘Modern Church‘ in the U.K., is well up to date with proceedings in the Church of England, and has made his own comments on the recent Poll.
I suspect that the statistics here might be comparable to the situation in the Roman Catholic Church – vis-a-vis structured opposition to Women and Gays in the Church.
How often have Church Leaders opposed the people on matters which concern the practicality of living out their lives in the contemporary world? And why do Church authorities still anguish about women in ministry, gays in monogamous relationships, and the use of contraception – in a world growing short of natural resources to sustain a burgeoning over-population at a time of global climate change?
Galileo would be amused to be around today. After all, his theses on creation were also disregarded by the Church – until the evidence became more explicit.
How long, O Lord, how long?
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand