“Historically, church has always been about what lies beyond this life and the implications of that for the here and now. Practically, morality and how communities are managed is the result of implicit (people’s desire to get along) and explicit (law-making) agreements negotiated and accumulated over generations. Religion may have hosted the process some, perhaps much, of the time, but the process itself is a secular one – it would happen anyway.

Church communities should therefore be where secular society looks, where we as individuals can turn, to consider and relate our lives to what might lie beyond. I think church as church should always be first of all about the consideration of eternal things.” DM. SOF 25/9/10


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