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George Orwell and God: Alexander Faludy on the writer's complex relationship with Christianity

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24 January 2020

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George Orwell in 1941

George Orwell in 1941

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This week, Ed Thornton talks to the Revd Alexander Faludy about George Orwell’s relationship with Christianity. 

Orwell died 70 years ago, on 21 January 1950, an avowed atheist. Faludy writes in this week’s Church Times, however, that Orwell had a complex relationship with faith intellectually and with Anglicanism institutionally.

“Even as Orwell fought against Christianity, denying its metaphysical claims and finding it wanting in moral integrity, he had to acknowledge that the standards by which he judged it — and, indeed, the world — were Christianity’s own.”

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