A bishop has praised Tim Farron, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, for speaking out against the threat of intolerant liberalism.

In a lecture last week hosted by the think tank Theos, Mr Farron said that if you hold religious beliefs, “you are deemed to be far worse than eccentric. You are dangerous. You are offensive.”

Farron, an Evangelical Anglican, said that liberalism was founded on Christianity. “If we relegate Christianity, then we hollow out liberalism,” he said.

He argued that liberalism, having succumbed to the “tyranny of opinion”, may have “eaten itself” because it now has difficulty in accepting competing worldviews.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said that Farron seemed to share the same fears as GK Chesterton and Pope Benedict XVI.

The bishop told the Catholic Herald: “It seems highly significant that Tim Farron, as a political leader who strongly identifies with liberalism as a cause and interpretation of history, should speak so clearly of the growing intolerance of liberalism from which he has himself suffered.

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