Theos think-tank promotes Christian triumphalism

Madeleine Bunting reports on the launch of the Christian think-tank Theos:

“I picked up a nasty undertone of Christian triumphalism. The enthusiasm with which Frank Field insisted that everything about this country was Christian tipped over into explosive territory when he said that Islam couldn’t be regarded as English. Why not? I asked. Because it hadn’t been here for 1,500 years he replied. Ouch. Does a faith, an idea or even a person have to have been here for millennia before becoming English? I asked. Next up was Shirley Williams, who made sweeping comparisons between Christianity and other faiths, the gist of which was to emphasise the former’s superiority.”

Guardian, 9 November 2006