By their fruits...

The advantage of an eclectic schooling, or even a disrupted one, lies in the way it conditions a person to the possibility of seeing things in more ways than one, through different cultural prisms.

The casualties of such a primary intellectual formation lie chiefly in the realm of mathematics and history. It is hard to get a grasp of numeracy when it is taught in more than one way and, as in my case, in more than one language. But the patchy impression one gets of history, from going to different schools and not always in the same country is, in the longer term, a far greater risk to intellectual health.

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Christianity and moral vision

It is good to hear church leaders making public statements about why their faith matters. Recent ones have been On Rock or Sand? and Who is My Neighbour? Now here’s another, the Bishop of Liverpool’s Voting For a New Moral Vision. Bishop Paul Bayes suggests asking three questions:

Will your candidate be putting the common good, and especially the interests of the poor and the marginal, at the heart of your policies?
Will your candidate work with churches, faith communities and all people of good will to shape a society where all can flourish and where the stronger will readily and gladly help the weaker?
Will you be striving to fashion a healthcare and welfare system that treats each needy individual with respect and honour as a priceless, significant person (made as we would say in the image of God)?

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