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Doesn’t kindle me

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05 June 2015

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Sir, - Mr Collins's attempt to read from Fordyce's Sermons after dinner with the Bennet family, in Pride and Prejudice, was not well-received. Reading sermons seems to have become an accepted practice in Anglican churches and cathedrals.

In 75 years of being an Anglican, I have heard many sermons, both moving and thought-provoking; the preacher did not use a script that he or she read. Do priests today have to have scripts, Kindles, or iPads to communicate with their congregations? If they do, there must be some fault in their training. Reading a script is not a sermon.

 

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