I find this amazing given that is comes from the very liberal Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury,
the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury, has apparently had a come to Jesus moment regarding Islam.
If we treat religiously motivated violence solely as a security issue, or a political issue, then it will be incredibly difficult – probably impossible – to overcome it,” he said recently. “A theological voice needs to be part of the response, and we should not be bashful in offering that.
This requires a move away from the argument that has become increasingly popular, which is to say that ISIS is ‘nothing to do with Islam,’ or that Christian militia in the Central African Republican are nothing to do with Christianity, or Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians in South India is nothing to do with Hinduism.
Until religious leaders stand up and take responsibility for the actions of those who do things in the name of their religion, we will see no resolution.
This is, to my mind, good news. Sadly it is rare to see a top Christian religious figure so grounded in reality and speaking of Islam with common sense instead of mouthing the “religion of peace” party line. Now, if only we could get the damn politicians on board.