Sunday, 18 December 2005

weekend columns

The Times has an interesting feature article about women’s ordination, titled The sisterhood. Interviews with three Anglicans are included: Joanne Grenfell, Lucy Winkett and Jessica Swift.

Elsewhere in The Times Roderick Strange writes about Christmas and Ruth Gledhill writes about St Nicholas.

Michael Burleigh’s piece in the Times titled Peer into today’s Aladdin’s cave and try to detect a spiritual life contrasts with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor writing in the Observer about an Outbreak of faith.

The Guardian’s Face to Faith column is by David Self and is about civil partnerships.

In the Telegraph on Saturday, Christopher Howse wrote about The Christmas law of gravity. But much more interesting is the article by John Sentamu in the Sunday edition, This year, Christmas should last a lifetime.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 18 December 2005 at 3:19am GMT
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As a reflection on the articles here, I find it interesting that at a deep level these people are all writing about the nature and purpose of memory. There is an interesting thread here: rationalist secularism (and its poor deformed child, PC) is represented as willfully forgetting the consequences of it's past actions, and therefore going on to repeat past mistakes. Meanwhile, Christianity is memory par excellence: we celebrate a feast that recalls an event that took place over 2000 years ago (however much we may dispute details, such as dates and customs). Most of the Church's legacy is seen in historical terms through the role of society builder.
Is it possible that memory is something that the Church can offer the people around it? After all, memory is what makes us who we are; it is the first condition for the virtue of constancy. As ++Sentamu points out, the disciples were still the product of their history after they met Jesus.
Perhaps the challenge rationalist secularism poses is the seemingly constant demand to forget ourselves by focussing on the material - retail therapy, life with a mortage, entertainment masquerading as 'culture'. This is the sort of mindset that goes to the National Portrait Gallery to analyse the brush strokes without ever stepping back to see the big picture. This the mindset that gets off on military parades on Remembrance Day but never listens to the message at the centre of the ceremony: "Lest we forget". What can the Church say to this?
A happy and holy Christmas to you all.

Posted by: k1eranc on Wednesday, 21 December 2005 at 12:02am GMT
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