Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

Our society is wholly based on Christianity

Published 06/09/2012

If Stewart Gault and Karl Lynch (Write Back, August 5) looked again at my previous letter, they would have seen I was writing about our nation — ie Britain.

Sir Winston Churchill, in A History of the English-speaking Peoples, says that, from the time of Henry II and his immediate successors: “England became finally and for all time one coherent kingdom based on Christianity.”

And George Polson QC said: “To speak of the Christian content of the rule of law is to speak of the Christian content of English law as a whole.”

Our earliest universities were all founded as Christian institutions; our hospitals were started mostly by religious orders.

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement, was a devout Christian; John Calvin was the instigator of “a school in every parish”.

Robert Raikes, another Christian, started schooling for the poor; Spurgeon and Muller, Barnardo, William Booth and others looked after orphans, helped the destitute and sought to improve the life of all kinds of people.

I think Mr Lynch's memory may be short, for the greatest loss of life in the 20th century was due, not to Christianity, or any other religion, but to atheism — Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao-Tse Tung.

As far as the Bible is concerned, I wonder how many of these “fundamental mistakes, contradictions and fallacies” he has read?

The Bible has been my unfailing guide and help for 50 years.


Tandragee, Co Armagh

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