Earlier today the Sydney Morning Herald drew attention a Bishops entering the battle against secular ethics classes.
They write “THE Bishop of North Sydney has urged Anglican priests to collect information from principals of public schools to stop the spread of the secular ethics classes the Sydney Anglicans believe may threaten religious education.”
I have to question the Bishop’s approach on multiple fronts.
Firstly, is it really so hard to believe there are large numbers of students not enrolled in Special Religious Education (SRE)? Ha, he should drive out here to western Sydney where Hindu scripture classes are sometimes the more popular.
Secondly, does the Bishop realise how defensive and panicked he sounds? Surely a negative media response to this action wasn’t too hard to imagine or anticipate?
Thirdly, explain to me why non-Christians should be denied alternatives to Christian scripture classes? Our churches do support freedom of religion (and irreligion) do they not? You think forcing them is going to improve the situation?
Christendom is dead guys. Lament and get over it. The future is mission. Try thinking of a more missional approach.