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Attitudes to the law

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06 February 2008

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From <b>the Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth</b>

Sir, — I hate to take up valuable space on your letters page, but I am afraid that Dr Irene Lancaster (Letters, 1 February) has totally misread what I wrote about Torah.

Torah is a very rich concept, a whole way of life, in which the psalmist urges us to delight. The medieval concept of law, beginning with the eternal law in God, reflected in natural law, was also a rich theologically profound concept.

It is in contrast to these understandings that our understanding of law today is pragmatic, that is, we justify the law and obedience to it on very practical grounds.

As Chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews for many years, I very much agree with her that the task of Christian education as to a true understanding of Judaism needs to be done afresh in every generation, and I hope she may once again be involved with this important work.
RICHARD HARRIES
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW

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