Choosing between Jesus and Mohammed.

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I need to put the record straight. It’s all too easy for clergy to suffer from pomposity.

I’m often describe as the Queen’s chaplain, whereas in fact there are droves of us; 36 in total. The Royal ecclesiastical household is a busy place. But the mistake, usually a press mistake is good for headlines. “THE Queen’s chaplain has said”..sounds hugely important in a headline, and it is very misleading.img_3143

And it happened again this week. THE Queen’s chaplain condemns reading of the Koran in cathedral. It was ‘a’ chaplain. I am in fact very much in favour of people reading the Koran. There are some beautiful and moving passages about loving God and being generous; and blood curdling ones about punishing and killing people who misbehave. But there is a time and a place. Continue reading “Choosing between Jesus and Mohammed.”

Qur’an in the Eucharist? The Provost of Glasgow Cathedral subverts Christian revelation

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(Aleppo Cathedral – open for worship again- Christmas 2016- after being vandalised by the Muslim occupiers.)

I have just returned from Paris where I was invited to be part of a conversation with three imams sponsored by Lebanese TV.

I thought they were kind, impressive and delightful people. It was a privilege to meet them and talk to them. We had many things in common, but most of all a deep attraction to God who made us, whose intentions towards us, we know, are love and mercy.

The strength of the encounter was the friendship and mutual admiration it produced. The weakness was that we did not speak at all about ‘the problem’. Continue reading “Qur’an in the Eucharist? The Provost of Glasgow Cathedral subverts Christian revelation”

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