Saturday, 15 September 2012


Eric Pickles writes in The Telegraph that A Christian ethos strengthens our nation.

Mark Vernon writes in The Guardian that Rowan Williams, we’ll miss you.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 11:00am BST | TrackBack
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Am I alone in shuddering at the awful phrase "a Christian ethos"? And what exactly is a "Christian ethos" when it's at home? Going by Eric Pickles' track-record, it would seem to mean English flags and council prayers. I suppose those things are harmless enough in themselves (if an appallingly anodyne travesty of Christianity), though I have a horrid recollection of Margaret Thatcher on the Mound draping Conservative Party policy in the language of the Gospel.

No. There is no "Christian ethos." There is Christianity, and there is the Holy Church, and there are sinners redeemed by grace. Everything else is idolatry.

Posted by: rjb on Monday, 17 September 2012 at 11:52am BST

RJB, something along these lines?

"They would have been equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised." -- Butler, Samuel. The Way of all Flesh. Chapter XV.

Posted by: Randal Oulton on Monday, 17 September 2012 at 3:00pm BST
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