Church and State

Most Britons think the Church should be separated from the state, according to a 2013 survey for Prospect Magazine — and for once, I’m sure the majority is right.

A brief history of Europe

The ties between Church and State in Britain don’t come from Biblical principles or apostolic practice. For the first three centuries of its existence, Church and Empire remained separate. Sometimes relations were friendly, often the State was hostile. That changed in 311AD, when the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed he saw a vision of a cross with the words “By this sign conquer”. The next day he won an against-the-odds battle, and marched into Rome as the undisputed ruler of the West. Continue reading