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“An “awakening from above” may change nature, but it does not, in and of itself, change human nature. In it, no human effort has been expended. Those to whom it happens are passive. While it lasts, it is overwhelming; but only while it lasts. Thereafter, people revert to what they were. An “awakening from below”, by contrast, leaves a permanent mark”.
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Two Types of Religious Encounters

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“It could be said that the clue to the whole history of the social sciences, and to their unpopularity, is that they have demanded continual unlearning. To understand an alien culture we must give up a great many assumptions which not only are difficult to recognise and to part with, but which also have been very firmly instilled into us by our own society, and are regarded by it as being highly important”.
Don Cupitt, Only Human, SCM Press, 1985, p. 144.

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” White Evangelical Christians (in USA) are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus….. Before attempting an answer, allow a quick clarification. Evangelicals don’t exactly hate Jesus — as we’ve provocatively asserted in the title of this piece. They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them. Through his magical grace, and by shedding his precious blood, Jesus saves Evangelicals from everlasting torture in hell, and guarantees them a premium, luxury villa in heaven. For this, and this only, they love him. They can’t stop thanking him. And yet, as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain”.

Phil Zuckerman, “Why E vangelicals Hate Jesus”, in the Huffington Post, read the rest of the post here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/why-evangelicals-hate-jes_b_830237.html.

An alarm bell indeed! Let’s hope it is not to late to wake up.

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“And so let me end as I began: if we can elevate religious values to the heart of the debate about global development and our global society, can we continue to consign religious values to only the fringes of the debate about the future of our national economies and societies?

My religion and reason tell me that we cannot for long be truly happy in any place when we see opportunities denied in every place; we cannot feel fully secure at any time when we know millions are feeling insecure just about all the time; and we cannot be wholly comfortable anywhere when the left out millions are found everywhere.

So I conclude; yes, for people of faith there is the risk of the sin of commission. So we must be humble enough to guard against theocratic error when faith enters the public square. But yes too, there is a greater risk, the sin of omission and we must never again allow the voices of faith to feel excluded from their rightful role. So let the trumpet sound. The voices of faith must and will be heard.”

Faith in Politics? Lecture by Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of GB

on Wednesday 16 February 2011 hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury

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“If you don’t love you die, if you do love they kill you.”

Fr. Herbert McCabe, as quoted by Terry Eagleton, Uncertain Mind event organised at St Paul’s Cathedral, London 17/01/2011, on the tragic essence of life that is the central tenure of Christianity.

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“Verbal agreement or mental assent to a particular set of doctrines does not make a Christian, nor does a claim to a particular experience. Yet, both what one believes to be true and what one claims to have experienced in relationship with God, others and the wider world are at the heart of the conversation that takes place as individuals give themselves to the search for meaning.”
Karen E Smith, SCM Core Text on Christian Spirituality, SCM Press, 2007, p. 22.

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“A land does not become sacred simply because God is present in the churches, mosques and synagogues. It is sacred because God is kept alive in the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens through their daily acts of love and kindness to each other.”

Prof. Mona Siddiqui, BBC Thought for the Day, 16 November 2010

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