Sometimes the Director of Changing Attitude just gets it spot on.
The Church of England knows it has a crisis on its hands. It thinks the crisis might be solved by gently persuading enough conservatives to overcome their convictions and vote yes for women bishops. I am convinced the problem is far deeper than that. I think we hold dramatically different understandings about the nature of God and they are irreconcilable. I believe in a God of love. They believe in a nasty, rule-bound, vindictive God who despite everything they say, hates gays. Until they overcome their prejudice, they will continue to drive the church towards a precipice. Until people, especially in Synod, have the courage and awareness to proclaim that God looks totally different from the conservativeâ€™s version of God, the majority of people in this country will treat us with disdain and many church members will continue to abandon the church.
I disagree with his description of the God “they believe in” but the bolded sentence just gets straight to the point.
H/T The Ugley Vicar