Updated Thursday morning
Since I published Bishops slam David Cameron’s welfare reforms last Thursday a number of more or less related articles have appeared.
Andrew Brown The Guardian Christians less generous than their clergy and everyone else
[see update below]
John Bingham The Telegraph Church of England bishops do not speak for own flock on welfare, study suggests
Tim Wyatt Church Times War of words between bishops and Government
Two retired archbishops have their say.
Rowan Williams Daily Mirror Food bank users are not scroungers and this isn’t a hiccup – it’s a serious crisis
George Carey Daily Mail Bishops are naive over cuts, warns former Archbishop of Canterbury Carey
John McDermott Financial Times A different banking crisis
Jessica Elgot Huffington Post UK Welfare Cuts: Have Christian Leaders Become The New Voice Of The Left?
Linda Woodhead Westminster Faith Debates
Churchgoers favour reduction in the welfare budget
What British People Really Believe
Jonathan Clatworthy Modern Church The bishops: the real opposition?
It’s been announced Bishop to Lead Parliamentary Inquiry into Foodbanks and Food Poverty.
Following representations from Theos The Guardian has amended the article by Andrew Brown linked above, changed the headline to Christians more hostile to benefit claimants than their clergy and added this note at the end:
This article, including the headlines, was amended on 26 February 2014 to clarify that research which suggested that large numbers of Christians believed spending on social security should be reduced was not done by the Christian thinktank Theos.
Gillan Scott comments on his Politics & Religion in the UK blog Are Christians really more hostile to benefit claimants than their bishops?