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Is God Still An Englishman? How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton

Is God Still An Englishman? How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul)

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. ‘England has always been a rainbow nation; it just didn’t want to acknowledge the fact. Now there is no denying it.’ Moreton goes on to say that ‘England is a memory now, if you mean the old England with one culture and one faith.’ How did we lose our faith in Christianity and our sense of ourselves and our place in the world? The process began after the First World War, a ‘just’ war, theologically speaking, but one that in practice meant millions of young men were sent to their deaths by an older generation. The Second World War accelerated the process of questioning the kind of society we want to belong to, and the revolution of the 1960s sewed the seeds of what we see today. The author argues that there is such a thing as a particularly ‘English’ spirituality that remains at the heart of who we are. His book provides a thought-provoking take on a question that is important to all of us.


Is God Still An Englishman? How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton

There has been a revolution. The God who ruled over us for five hundred years has been overthrown. The soul of England has been transformed, almost without anybody noticing. Gone are the shared values and confidence of a nation that seemed so sure of itself and what it believed in, even as recently as the wedding of Charles and Diana, our last great festival of certainty. Since then the number of people who go to church on Sunday has halved. More of us go to IKEA. Millions still believe in God but never want to go near a pew again. Why have we turned away, and what does it mean? Moreton uncovers the battles, blunders, sex scandals and financial disasters that caused the long predicted death of the established Church. But this extraordinary story is about all of us, not just the Christians. Can a new national identity emerge, now that we have a thousand gods instead of just one? Moreton says yes and reveals how a constantly evolving but uniquely English spirituality remains at the heart of who we are.

About the Author

Cole Moreton is an author, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He lives by the sea in southern England.

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Publication date

31st May 2011


Cole Moreton

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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


384 pages


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