I may through my time and place of birth be part of Western Christian Culture, but I wouldn't say that I was a Christian, even though I have many personal standards that are not greatly different from those a Christian would stand by.
The often conflicting dogma of competing faiths is really hard to understand, and very offputting. I can readily see why some look for their own direct connection with God, or their own version of spirituality, and stay away from conventionally-organised religion.
I also see why, despite private reservations on the detail, it is a very human thing to come together and share a moment reflecting on a higher realm quite separate from everyday life. Occasionally I want that kind of company. But usually I want to be alone when I go into a holy place. Sometimes I light a candle in a cathedral, and think of my parents, if I do no more. I could light a similar candle at home; but somehow in a church or cathedral I feel that my thoughts will travel immeasurably further.
Despite my very secular position as an outsider, I do care about the Anglican Church's internal arguments about bishops. The Church is still a major force in British society, at least in so far as people look to it to set a moral standard. I want it to be relevant and inspirational, something even I can come to, leading and inspiring society with a focus on love and harmony and charity and justice and spiritual advancement. And not divided in a damaging war between what looks awfully like the old and dusty and hidebound versus the new and bright and freethinking. A war that may cripple the status and effectiveness of an important and stabilising national institution. That's my concern: the weakening of things that cement our society together.
As for the dispute itself, some questions now that I can't see the answer to. First, am I right to suppose that if the Bible said explicitly that both male and female bishops (and archbishops) were approved of by God, and that He didn't care about sexual orientation, the argument would then simplify to who in particular had the best qualifications for the job? It looks however as if the Bible doesn't say that at all.
All right then. Second, third and fourth questions: should ancient Biblical words matter more than the insights of serious religious thinkers in more recent centuries, including our own? Does the accumulated experience of two thousand years really count for nothing? And how is it that some people can be disqualified by chance events during their conception and embryonic development? Surely God, if you believe in Him, did not intend that.
I certainly do want to see women bishops and archbishops, and I don't mind at all what any candidate's sexual orientation is, so long as they are people I'd respect, and have the right qualities for the job.