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‘An instinct for building community’

07 February 2012


From the Revd Sam Norton

Sir, — I began reading the Revd Dr Donald McFadyen’s article (Com­ment, 3 February) with great interest. At last, here was someone speaking the plain truth about our situation; and the comparison with Apple, and the need for the Church of England to reclaim its own “law”, were well-made points.

But I am sure I was not the only per­son to be underwhelmed by the bathetic revelation of Dr McFadyen’s own suggestion for that “law”: “our instinct for building society, and our knowledge of how it is done”.

It is surely rather odd for an article discussing what is most fundamental and distinctive about the Church not to mention any of “Jesus”, “Gospel” or “worship” — and to mention prayer only once, at the very end. This disregard for all the dimensions of the first and greatest command­ment, in favour of an exclusive con­cern with the second, reveals the nature of the crisis that we are in. Instead of providing the framework for our way forward, the article would seem, rather, to be exemplary in demon­strating precisely what has gone wrong.

The Rectory,
93 Kingsland Road
West Mersea, Essex CO5 8AG

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