Disestablished?

…if Christians today and tomorrow want to preserve the faith and not just some of its moral and aescetic spin-off, they are going to have to become more articulate about their basic beliefs and about the manner in which these beliefs, when taken seriously, distance them from many of the values and pursuits of our society at large.  We are being pushed to the edges of our society as churches; that is to say, we are being disestablished.  The question is whether we can assume some active role in this process instead of simply letting it happen to us.  What would it mean to disestablish ourselves?

– Douglas John Hall, The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity (32-33)

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