THE GRAND TUFTI AT GUILDFORD

From THE TIMES:

The Grand Tufti has condemned evangelist "bulies" who attempt to convert people of other faiths to Christianity. He said it was right to be suspicious of proselytism that involves "bullying, insensitive approaches" to other faiths.

In a speech at Guildford cathedral, he criticised those who believed they had all the answers amd treated non-Christians as if their traditions of reflection and imagination were of no interest to anyone. "God save us form that kind of approach," he said.

But he added: "God save us also from the nervousness about our own conviction that doesn’t allow us to say we speak about Jesus because we believe he matters, we believe he matters, because we believe that in him human beings find their peace, their destinies converge, and their dignities are fully honoured."

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Later, the archbishop took part in 'An evening in conversation' with Jim Al-Khalili, author, broadcaster and Professor of Public Engagement, at the University of Surrey. The two discussed similar experiences of balancing a life of academia with that of being in the public eye. The conversation covered various topics including prayer, faith and science, and the role of religion in setting moral boundaries. During the discussion, the Archbishop urged individuals to resist being overwhelmed by the scale of the problems such as poverty and climate change, and to recognise the impact that individual decisions and actions can make in these areas. Then members of the public submitted questions for the Archbishop to address after the interview. Topics included Uganda's equality bill, violence in Iraq, and whether there is scientific proof for the existence of God.

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THE GRAND TUFTI AT GUILDFORD — 3 Comments

  1. Well, I must say. It’s good to see him looking relaxed and happy for a change. Most photos for the last couple of years show him looking so tense and drawn. This looks more like the old Rowan I know and love.

  2. ‘In a speech at Guildford cathedral, he criticised those who believed they had all the answers amd treated non-Christians as if their traditions of reflection and imagination were of no interest to anyone. “God save us form that kind of approach,” he said.’

    However, it’s quite all right to treat American Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans that way.

  3. I’ll take him seriously the day he actually has the grace and courtesy to sit down with Gene Robinson and share a cup of tea.

    He couldn’t even be bothered to do that, much less allow let him into Lambeth.

    Until then I pretty much don’t want to hear what he has to say about much of anything…