All of which presents an opportunity to clear the decks and say why I am not a liberal. No, I’m not a conservative either. I’m a communitarian. Blue labour, if you like. But certainly not a liberal. What I take to be the essence of liberalism is a belief that individual freedom and personal autonomy are the fundamental moral goods. But I don’t buy this. What we need is a much more robust commitment to the common good, to the priority of community.
So the former Canon of St Paul’s doesn’t believe in the idea of individual salvation then? The very basis of all Christian Churches?
Given that they’ve had Bishops who weren’t all that certain over the God thing I suppose it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.