The church is complaining again, but fewer people care
The church has been complaining again, this time about the BBC’s religious programming. There’s not enough of it, they say, or it’s not the right sort. The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, says,
There is also a danger of the â€˜David Attenboroughâ€™ effect: religion always reported from the point of view of an observer of a fascinating and increasingly rare species, rather than explored as something of fundamental importance to the vast majority of the country.
Rev Nigel can’t have read the latest British Social Attitudes Survey, which will be published next month. The NSS reports:
Britons do not want religion to run their personal lives or to interfere in politics. The research also finds Church â€˜teachingsâ€™ on a range of social issues are completely out of step with the opinions and desires of the population at large.
So do most people want more religious brodcasting? Probably not.