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01 September 2007



There's a striking contradiction between the basic message of this article and a vital mantra in culture as a whole. Self suggests the Church will only survive if it is comfortable for everyone inside and out, and doesn't actually stick to its convictions! That it's best if it can continue to offer a space where people can mouth words they don't really believe. What a stark contrast with two societal attitudes held tenaciously in other spheres: hatred of hypocrisy, and the importance of passion - thinking and doing things passionately. The Church - and churches - should not be afraid to practise the same in handling what it/they claims to be the most important message in the world.
He does though have a fair point about the sometimes inward-looking tenor of churches' internal communications

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