Monday, September 19, 2005


What are we to make of the newly issued 100-page advisory report from the Church of England’s synodical house of bishops, Countering Terrorism: Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11 [available as a *.PDF file here]?

As I was attempting to summarise it for Ekklesia, I found myself experiencing mixed emotions: gratitude for a serious, substantial and carefully-crafted piece of work, certainly; irritation that the general media has instantly reduced it to a rather feeble-sounding ‘apology' to Muslims; and concern that even good people atop an Established church inevitably end up side-stepping the difficult peace of Christ in a dubious attempt to establish their credentials as ‘political realists’.

[This is the beginning of a longer comment piece in my Ekklesia column, due up within the next 24 hours.]

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