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Five Quotes

A round-up of five quotes from the blogosphere and beyond....

Richard Cunningham in The Guardian

TODAY: RICHARD CUNNINGHAM SPEAKING AT READING UNIVERSITY: 1pm Palmer 108, "The arrogance of Christianity- In a relativistic age how can you say that Jesus is the only way?"

"What will prospective employers think of universities that churn out students with such faddish, brittle and incurious world views? Real tolerance presupposes judgment. You have to believe you are right and the other person is wrong in order to exercise tolerance. If you don't think someone is wrong, there is nothing to tolerate and so the only thing promoted is indifference. GK Chesterton once said, "The purpose of an open mind is the same as that of an open mouth - to close it again on something solid." If "open-mindedness" is being defined as a refusal to make judgments about religious truth and sexual ethics (for instance), then we are prone to contracting a form of intellectual lockjaw. This condition prevents us from ever discriminating between goodness and evil, truth and error."
Unity in Diversity, Richard Cunningham, The Guardian (Education) - Nov 28th

also:Donald Lees, Manchester CU Advisory Committee, The Times
Tim Suffield reports conversation between Nottingham Students Union and Christian Union

Testing Scientific Hypothesies?
"Darwin has for many people become a sacred cow... There's a sense that if you criticise Darwin you must be some kind of religious nut case...We might has well have said Einstein shouldn't have said what he did because it criticised Newton."
Nick Cowan, Teacher on BBC News

"Leaders who learn the art of apology on the nursery slopes of apologising for the mistakes of others may graduate to the challenge of saying sorry for their own errors and meaning it."
Guardian, In Praise of Saying Sorry

God comes close
"The distance religion created between sinful humanity and the holy God has been done away with from God's side. There is now free access to God the Father through the work of the Son on the Cross. God has come close. It is the event that takes place between the darkness and the tearing of the veil that helps us to understand why this is so"

Peter Bolt, The Cross from a Distance

Jim Hamilton reviews, The Cross from a Distance

Christian Unions
"The doctrinal basis, to which all committee members have to assent, is entirely orthodox. The lives of Christian union students played a leading role in my coming to a living faith in 1952. I have been involved with the Christian Union at Manchester University since 1963 and it has been a privilege to know its members. The Christian unions contribute significantly to the student bodies of which they are members and their banning brings no credit to those universities whose student unions have done so."


  1. Yo Bish!
    That Richard Cunningham article is very good. Hits several nails on their respective heads.
    Thanks for flagging that one up.

  2. I think we're all just a bit surprised that The Guardian invited him to write it. It's my normal paper and it's not the kind of article I expect to encounter.

    Hope the PGCEs going well. Perchance see you around sometime.


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