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Interfaith dialogue over Coppin cover

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16 June 2010

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From the Revd Iain Templeton

Sir, — As she handed me your 4 June issue, my newsagent — a Hindu lady of Gujarati background, and much too young to have been brought up in an “early-20th-century ambience” — paused to look appreciatively at your cover picture of Harold Coppin’s I will come with you, and remarked: “What a beautiful picture!”

It would be interesting to know whether any non-Christians have actually told Mr Belben (Letters, last week) that the picture depicts a “bearded weirdo dressed in bed­clothes”, as I have found that this aspect of our Victorian heritage, far from being counter-productive, has actually enabled an interfaith con­ver­sation.

IAIN TEMPLETON
St Andrew’s Vicarage
119 Hollyhedge Lane
Birchills
Walsall WS2 8PZ

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