In the 19th Century the Evangelicals got slavery abolished because they believed White and Black were equal; later the Anglocatholics opened schools to educate the poor because they valued the poor: both were motivated by the knowledge that humankind was made in the image of God: radical ideas which subverted the political and social norm.
Two hundred years later, the Churches are no longer at the radical edge of social reform but are agents of retrenchent: seeking exlusions from legistlation because of bad translations of scripture and deeply entrenched sexism, racism or homophobia. How did this happen?
The Dean suggested today that the National Curriculum is geared towards making consumers, and this should be challenged. If we are to be once again working to build the kingdom of God then we need to re- embrace the radical.