Thinking Anglicans

roundup of weekend reading

In The Times Rod Strange writes about gifts, Unearned, undeserved and sometimes unexpected, faith is a gift for life.

Christopher Howse in the Telegraph writes about A papal storm in a Santa hat.

Giles Fraser’s column in the Church Times asks Can war be moral?.

And in last week’s CT Robin Griffith-Jones finds presences and meaning in T. S. Eliot’s poem Journey of the Magi: ‘Eliot takes his readers far from Andrewes’s settled confidence’, Travelling to another death.

Late Addition
Face to faith from Saturday’s Guardian only arrived online today. Gilbert Márkus writes about Intelligent Design.

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18 years ago

Would it be churlish of me to point out that a preventive war in 1936 – fought for the express purpose of breaking German power when it was still vulnerable and for no other high-minded cause; fought before Hitler’s Germany had revealed its truly malignant nature – might have been historically preferable to the disaster visited upon the world three years later? Those three years made a great deal of difference. For if another man had been in the White House – or if the Japanese had been more patient regarding the European power vacuum in the Pacific – Germany… Read more »

18 years ago

I wouldn’t call presenting a straw-man argument a churlish act, exactly… perhaps “insulting” is adequate.

Your keen insight — nearly seventy years after the fact — into Hitler’s intentions and the optimal time to have stopped him if we had only had the courage to act boldly (merely knowing his intentions in 1936 would have also been a good start!), hardly justifies a doctrine of unilateral and pre-emptive warfare against sovereign governments whom we would prefer to keep exploitable to our own ends.

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