English Faith

Here's a National Review passage that brought me up short:

"Despite the pathetic weakness of the Church of England and the supposedly Christian state, strong, instinctive religious feeling still survives in England. The candle that Latimer and Ridley lit is still burning."

Latimer and Ridley lit the candle of "instinctive religious feeling" in England? So the previous 1500 years of Christianity - brutally attacked by the Protestant Wahhabists of their day - counts for nothing? Religious faith, as historians now largely concur, was thriving in England before the Reformation - and took a long time to recover.