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Looking back at John Robinson’s Honest to God

03 May 2013


From Mr Brian Fish

Sir, - We are reminded that this is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Honest to God by Bishop John Robinson (Features, 26 April). This was a disturbing book, scornfully rejecting orthodox views of God. I was left wondering how a person could love, or pray to, "the ground of all being".

I am responding to the anniversary by rereading another book by Bishop Robinson, Can We Trust the New Testament?, published 14 years later. To his own question he answers a resounding "Yes!" It is therefore a very reassuring and encouraging book. Such a difference! But what about compatibility?

28 Mulberry Court, Stour Street
Canterbury CT1 2NT

From Rosalind Lund

Sir, - Modern Church members have been delighted to see your tributes to John Robinson's Honest to God. It was particularly gratifying to see Dr Mark Vernon quoting Canon Sam Wells in the April edition (focusing on Honest to God) of Modern Church's journal Modern Believing. In the 21st century, we still find Robinson's book an inspiration. The aim of building a thinking Church is top of our agenda.

To that end, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Honest to God, Modern Church has organised a number of events this year, including a weekend conference at Swanwick in November which has been jointly organised with PCN (Progressive Christianity Network) and is entitled "Being Honest about God".

For all the events organised by us in this anniversary year, please see our website (www.modernchurch.org.uk).

Vice Chair, Modern Church
1 Arbury Road
Cambridge CB4 2JB

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