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Christianity, joy and kill-joy

By Bruce Clark   February 2000

Every time christianity comes under public attack, something useful is happening, from the viewpoint of those who have set out, however haltingly, on what early Christians described as the Way.

Broadsides like Alan Ryan’s in last month’s Prospect force Christians to think harder about how their community looks to the rest of the world. Such icy showers are less insidious, from a Christian perspective, than the patronising tolerance which has become the standard response of secular-humanism to religious belief: the tolerance which implies that our faith is simply a paraphrase of modernist “common sense”-as opposed to a revolutionary message about…

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