I am currently reading The Children of Men, by P.D. James. It has been a fascinating and thought-provoking read.
From the end of chapter 7 as I drifted off to sleep last night (the story is set in the year 2021) ::
During the mid-1990s the recognized churches, particularly the Church of England, moved from the theology of sin and redemption to a less uncompromising doctrine: corporate social responsibility coupled with a sentimental humanism. Rosie has gone further and has virtually abolished the Second Person of the Trinity together with His cross, substituting a golden orb of the sun in glory, like a garish Victorian pub sign.
The change was immediately popular. Even to unbelievers like myself, the cross, stigma of barbarism of officialdom and of man’s ineluctable cruelty, has never been a comfortable symbol.
Makes you think the future is now, doesn’t it?