A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stop the Nice Sermons!

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is spot on!
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The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned vicars against filling their sermons with "moral claptrap" about being "a bit nicer" to everyone.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said religion should never be reduced simply to a code of morality instead of an active faith in which people are willing to "get [their] hands dirty".


He added that the message of Christianity was so radical that it could be mistaken for a call to "violent revolution", were it not for its emphasis on peaceful means.

"The old sermons that we have heard so often in England, which I grew up with, which if you boiled them down all they effectively said was: 'Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if we were all a bit nicer?'"

"That is the kind of moral claptrap that Jesus does not permit us to accept."

He told the congregation "we are to get involved, we are to get our hands dirty", adding that too often churches had just "circled the wagons in order to keep the enemy out".

That'll preach!
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