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We must not be bound by the past

NO man had more influence in shaping our civilisation than Socrates. In the 5th Century BC, he believed in the One God and he died for that belief.

Because of his technique of questioning all the things that the Athenian society of the time took for granted, he was likened to a gadfly stinging a horse.

He was eventually condemned to death by poisoning.

Socrates obviously had faith. Was his faith essentially the same as mine? If not, why not? There is only one heaven.

Moral teaching has to have the capacity to deal with the moral problems of today, without being hidebound by former precedent.

Remember the Lord's parable, warning against putting new wine in old wineskins.

SEAN McELGUNN

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