Ouch. Death – that’s going to be a painful diagnosis for some!
On the other hand, like Mark Twain’s famous quote, it might be said that “The reports of [the CofE’s] death are greatly exaggerated”.
Any honest doctor would have to say that the prognosis for the CofE isn’t very good – especially given today’s figures from the British Social Attitudes survey. Her hope – IMHO – can be found in the passage of scripture I read with my daughter a few days earlier. In Genesis 18 Abraham ‘bargains’ with God for the righteous remnant in Sodom…
Then Abraham said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten [righteous] can be found there?”. The LORD answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
Sodom didn’t reach the quota. Here’s hoping the LORD will find 10 in the CofE!