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Out of the question

05 June 2015

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Your answers

I pray to "God, through Jesus Christ our Lord". Is Jesus God the Proprietor's Submission Agent, the scrutineer, examiner, and censor whose nihil obstat and imprimatur rubber-stamps my prayer?

The mystery of the nature of the Godhead probably finds its best expressions in prayer and action. When I pray "through Jesus Christ our Lord", I am expressing the intrinsic Christlikeness of God, as well as the fact that my personal knowledge of God derives from my finding him revealed most fully in Jesus Christ. It is not essential that the formula be used; nor is prayer, in my experience, to be compared to the forms we are all expected to fill in, online these days, whose incorrect completion will result in rejection out of hand.

Legalism, ejected from the faith, in theory, by St Paul, creeps back all the time. Power tends to bureaucratise anything that it touches, but prayer is the opposite of an exercise of power: it is an expression of love.

(Canon) R. H. W. Arguile


As a young Methodist preacher in the 1960s, and averse to liturgical formulae, I would finish prayers with (variations of) "We ask these prayers, trusting in the love you have shown us in Jesus Christ. . ."

Michael Mann


Your questions


Given that the 1988 Lambeth Conference resolution 33 against capital punishment saw it as incompatible with "the divine dignity of every human being [being] respected", is it still possible to defend the Old Testament Hebrew people from the charge of genocide? 
A. B.


Who in a parish church is authorised to sign the banns certificates for couples whose banns are read by visiting clergy during an interregnum? 
M. S.


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