Thinking Anglicans

columns on Saturday

Jonathan Sacks asks in The Times Can we really learn to love people who aren’t like us?

Christopher Howse writes about The Beautiful Names of God.

Mordechai Beck writes in the Guardian about The New Sanhedrin.

Clifford Longley writes in the Tablet about Catholic bishops and their approach to UK politics.

Giles Fraser writes in the Church Times Remember that manners makyth man.

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Cheryl Clough
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Howse’s article on the beautiful names of God was poignant. In romantic moments, I often think that if the Hindu’s were relaxed about the Abrahamic religions they would parallel their Brahmic model to the God of gods of the Abrahamic texts. The idea of the ultimate Creator. Sacks poignantly asks if we can really love people who are not like ourselves? A more poignant question is can we survive if we do not love people who are not like ourselves? I think God loves us all, for all our foibles and inadequacies. Even Richard Dawkins, I think redeeming Dawkins would… Read more »

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Our Anglican realignment essay question for today, class, thanks to Rabbi Sacks: Can we Anglicans today join hands to become agents for peace against those who seek to globalise various doctrinal conflicts, condemnation, and religious policing?

I guess resisting realignment matters, after all. Maybe.

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Sorry – why should Hindus borrow a concept outside of their own perfectly adequate concepts. They have the purest of concepts for transcendence in Brahman, and yet there is personality, and action is realised in Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, creator, sustainer, destroyer and recreator. Plus the stories of Krishna and rama cover all the human traits: Krishna is even a very naughty boy which, in Christianity, is confined to the marginal likes of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas where the boy Jesus drives his parents up the wall. Plus then ther are the deities that do important projects, rather like… Read more »

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“why should Hindus borrow a concept outside of their own perfectly adequate concepts.”

Or Christians for that matter.

Cheryl Clough
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Sorry, I didn’t mean to make it sound like borrowing. It’s more a romantic, ending of tower-of-babel curse thing that they recognise the parallels in thinking. A bit like Paul walking around the pagan statues and seeing one devoted to an “unknown god”. Considering the angst between some Hindus and some Abrahamic faith proponents, I was trying to suggest a way or pouring soothing oils. I listened to a lovely sermon on the weekend, where the preacher talked about learning to recognise God’s presence in all of Creation, including those of other faith. He suggested we try talking to that… Read more »