Sunday, 1 October 2017



"We begin to live when we have conceived life as a tragedy."

W. B. Yeats‏

"Thus a whole religion sustains modern England, the religion of patriotism. Destroy that in men by some heretical development, by “excepting” the doctrine that a man’s prime duty is towards the political society to which he belongs, and England, as we know it, would gradually cease and become something other."

Hilaire Belloc (The Great Heresies)

"Evangelicals have tried the “Alpha” approach to open up the Gospel to a new generation – in its own way this is no more than an update of the notion set out by C S Lewis in "Mere Christianity"whereby the bare bones of belief are laid out (a sort of Christianity “lite”) and it is left to the individual to put denominational clothes onto that body. This, I believe, is based on a misconception for, to use Marshall McLuhan’s phrase, “the medium is the message". Faith cannot be separated from culture (after all the Incarnation took place at a particular time, in a particular nation) and the accumulation of interpretation and experience through the generations offers the rich and varied mix in which we are able to make the act of faith – this is what we call “tradition”. From within the tradition we can honestly say with Saint John: “something which has existed since the beginning, that we have heard, and seen with our own eyes; that we have watched and touched with our own hands: the Word, who is life” (1st Letter 1:1). Culture is not just an “add on”: it is the outward expression of inner truth, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things, as yet,unseen” (Hebrews 11:1)."

Christopher Colven

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