Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Our society is wholly based on Christianity

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.

STELLA WILSON

Tandragee, Co Armagh

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