The Fellowship of Life
For all his human strengths and limitations, I feel sure that the new
Archbishop of Canterbury will commit his best energies to the
I only wish it was possible to fully respect animal life and welcome
the ethically incongruous stance which he appeared to espouse this week.
The picture of Dr Williams patting a bull on the back may well have
seemed delightful. It is symbolic however, that the other hand was not
depicted; as Christian theology would generally require it to be holding
a blade of some description.
There are few Church leaders whose auspices have any healing
influence on the needless misery, violence and horror of the
slaughterhouses which Christian dogma sustains without pity.
The Church has indeed a pastoral duty to rural communities whom
western religion has misled over centuries.
Yet with a peaceable vision, the role of the Church could be one of
encouraging, rather than stifling, long-term ethical progress in the
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