Are we speaking to each other or just shouting?

by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 30 - Jul 2008

This issue of Signs of the Times is being prepared while the GAFCON conference is in full swing, spitting denunciations at the 'apostates' who tolerate homosexuality and savouring the prospect of splitting the Anglican Communion.

Some of its bishops have declared their refusal to attend the Lambeth Conference on the ground that the bishops who consecrated Gene Robinson will be there.

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Do we speak the same language?

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 30 - Jul 2008
[Response by Jean Kerr in Signs of the Times No 31 - Oct 2008]

Recently in the local wine bar I found myself in unfamiliar company, sitting at a table next to a medium and opposite a committed member of the British Humanist Association.

I had not met either before, but this was the weekly local meeting of Philosophy in Pubs. The regulars know each other’s views. Whenever religion gets mentioned - almost always disparagingly - they turn to the retired vicar in their midst to see how I will respond. These meetings remind me how marginal, or even absurd, Christianity and its institutions seem to many people. I often find myself the only one arguing that it is rational to believe in a spiritual being; but on this occasion it seemed important to set limits to the number I believed in.

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