Comments: Sunday papers

David Aronovitch writes here with rare perception. Christians who define themselves as the good bit of a dualism in which all outside their institutions is evil badly misunderstand the times in which they live. Those who live without religion are not universally without morals or goodness. Doubt does not necessarily produce inertia. Christians who can share doubt are the ones who speak loudest to humanity today.

Posted by Rodney McInnes at Monday, 11 April 2005 at 2:08am BST

After seeing Rodney's comments, I re-read Aaronovitch's piece, and I think that Rodney's got this right. Aaronovitch tends to rub me up the wrong way (largely because of his views on the recent Gulf War and his shifting positions to justify them), but his assessment does seem pretty much on the ball, and it stands out in a field where much comment, both favourable and unfavourable to the late Pope, has seemed to fall in the category "de mortuis nil nisi bunkum".

I also think Rodney is right to point out that Chjristians don't have a monopoly on morality. Having been active for many years in the trade union movement and left politics, I've had the privilege of working with many principled colleagues who have had no time for religion and have been been mystified by my God-bothering.

Posted by Alan Harrison at Tuesday, 12 April 2005 at 12:34pm BST

"Christians who define themselves as the good bit of a dualism in which all outside their institutions is evil badly misunderstand the times in which they live."

And should read Augustine's City of God.

Posted by Robert Leduc at Friday, 15 April 2005 at 4:31pm BST

It is easy to write "it seems obvious that the rigid application of the church's teaching on contraception has contributed to many deaths". It would be easy for those who so write to dig deep in their pockets and provide condoms in the AIDS-ridden countries of the world. No Pope could stop them, so do they?

Posted by Mike Jackson at Monday, 18 April 2005 at 5:27pm BST
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