Good to hear that the decline in Christianity had nothing to do with the fact that people have become better able to comprehend that religion is entirely bogus and sham, based on nothing other than the needy psychopathology of shallow inadequates, the chronically delusional, and those who wish to manipulate other for their own self-aggrandisement and self-promotion.
Naszir-Ali continues his petty little tirade by accusing his fellow prelates of failing to resist this decline in their own power and prestige, and this attack comes just days after his previous one accusing the Church of England of failing in its duty to convert British Muslims to Christianity.
Without Christianity, Nazir-Ali claims, Britain would never have become a global empire, and that we would have remained a "rabble of mutually hostile tribes". If he thinks seriously that we are anything other than a "rabble of mutually hostile tribes" today, then it shows just how totally out of touch with reality he really is - as if we didn't already know that from his delusional "belief" that this so-called "god" of his exists objectively.
The risibilities continue with Naizir-Ali siding with the unnamed academic who lays the blame for the loss of "faith and piety among women" for the steep decline in Christian worship. How dare those stupid women! Don't they realise that Nazir-Ali's "god" created them to be entirely subservient to men? How dare those ungrateful wretches use their intelligence to see religion for what it really is - a con-trick played by unscrupulous charlatans like Nazir-Ali on the week and needy amongst us. And what about the implication for men of Nazir-Ali's support for the academic's ridiculous claim? Men, it would seem, didn't have the ego-strength and intellectual equipment to eschew religion unless women had already done so, therefore it is all the fault of women that men have also been leaving churches in droves. Do I smell religion's familiar stench of misogyny here?
Not content with blaming women for the decline in Christianity, Nazir-Ali then turns on Marxists and blames it all on them, for it was Marxist students who encouraged a "social and sexual revolution" to which liberal theologians and Church leaders "all but capitulated".
"It is this situation that has created the moral and spiritual vacuum in which we now find ourselves. While the Christian consensus was dissolved, nothing else, except perhaps endless self-indulgence, was put in its place."How strange is it not, that so many of the atheists I have ever encountered were anything other than Marxists, but then we mustn't forget that the Bleating Bishop is writing for a new right-wing rag, and that his intended audience like to call everyone who does not support their views "Marxist", irrespective of their actual political and social affiliations.
Another of Nazir-Ali's objectionable implications is the familiar bleat uttered by his kind that only by being a Christian can one be a decent and moral person, and he even claims that all such values stem effectively from Christianity alone. What absolute bunkum, but then Nazir-Ali is a snake-oil salesman, after all, and would be more at home addressing the public from a fairground stall in Barnum's Circus than from a church pulpit.
Incidentally, at the time of writing this, there were 93 comments on the Daily Telegraph's blog on Nazir-Ali's article, and all but 1 of them was favourable to him and what he espoused, but whether that indicates real support for his views or simply reflects the right-wing attitude of that newspaper's readership, I'll leave that for you, dear reader, to decide for yourself.
Addendum: Since writing the above, I have found this interesting critique of Natzi-Ali which condemns him far more effectively than I have. Enjoy.