15th September 2008

“Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.”

Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs, Church of England

5 Responses to “15th September 2008”

  1. chris Says:

    Christ in frozen knickers, Noooooo!


  2. chris Says:

    What was it you wrote yesterday about lunatics, John? A touche is in order here. To the quote, reason stands a much better chance of achieving understanding than faith. It’s nice they are sorry, though.

  3. Critic Says:

    This is a nice first step.

    Next they should apologize for lying about the whole God thing – something along the lines of: “So sorry. Turns out that the lack of evidence for a god indicates that we really have been lying for these past few hundred years. Do forgive us, won’t you?”

  4. John Sutton Says:

    It would appear that the C of E is prepared to acknowledge that there was no supernatural intervention from some point when the universe was first “created” a very long time ago up to 2000 years ago and then nothing since – apart from answering the odd prayer perhaps. I am assuming that they no longer take the old testament literally.

    Apart from the parliamentary privileges, the huge cash exemptions, the property and the dressing up there seem to be no point in joining this lot.

  5. Terence Meaden Says:

    Several years ago, following a letter of mine on atheism that the London Daily Telegraph published, a bible believer corresponded with me for a while. I raised this point about the age-old universe. He said that his god was very patient. He had set things running and allowed all those billions of years to pass until a particular moment 2000 years ago when he decided to intervene and send his son to Planet Earth. This otherwise intelligent man had his neuron circuits tangled in a giant spaghetti-style twist.