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Posted on Mon 2 October 2017

In response to the Telegraph Article

We have received many messages over the past weekend in relation to the misleading Telegraph article headline regading my speech at the UKIP Conference last week.

During the speech, I was attempting to give the various causes of the decline of Christianity as public discourse in Britain.The changing role of women, their co-option into male patterns of work (rather than those which suited them), the loss of feminine piety etc. are simply one aspect of to that decline.

This is applauding women for having upheld Christianity in the past, as well as regretting cultural developments which have made it more difficult for many women today. It was not, by any means, an attempt at blaming anyone. It is simply mischievous to suggest this.

There is thorough sociological research to show that the decline of feminine piety and of the family has led to the decline of Christianity in the West. I recommend Callum Brown’s The Death of Christian Britain, Routledge, 2001 and Mary Eberstadt’s How the West Really Lost God, Templeton, 2013.

These show this is not just a matter of opinion. The point in all of this is to learn lessons for Christian renewal rather than to take umbrage. One of the lessons is to bring about masculine piety as well as to work for the renewal of the feminine variety.

It certainly isn’t letting men off the hook.

+Michael

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Posted on Mon 2 October 2017

In response to the Telegraph Article,

We have received many messages over the past weekend in relation to the misleading Telegraph article headline regarding my speech at the UKIP Conference last week. 

During the speech, I was attempting to give the various causes of the decline of Christianity as public discourse in Britain. The changing role of women, their co-option into male patterns of work (rather than those which suited them), the loss of feminine piety etc. have all contributed to that decline.

This is applauding women for having upheld Christianity in the past, as well as regretting cultural developments which have made it more difficult for many women today. It was not, by any means, an attempt at blaming anyone. It is simply mischievous to suggest this.

There is thorough sociological research to show that the decline of feminine piety and of the family has led to the decline of Christianity in the West. I recommend Callum Brown’s The Death of Christian Britain, Routledge, 2001 and Mary Eberstadt’s How the West Really Lost God, Templeton, 2013. These show this is not just a matter of opinion.

The point in all of this is to learn lessons for Christian renewal rather than to take umbrage. One of the lessons is to bring about masculine piety as well as to work for the renewal of the feminine variety.

It certainly isn’t letting men off the hook.

I hope this is helpful.

+Michael