Tim Parker

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Williams in surch of God?

I realy was quite optermistic about the new radio 4 mini series “John Humphries in surch of God”.

It was billed as: John Humphrys as you've never heard him before - talking with religious leaders about his unfulfilled desire to believe in God.

What a great opportunity. Half an hour for a Christian leader on national radio, essentially being told ‘Ok, I’m interested in what you have to say, evangelise me’

Admittedly, my optimism was a little shaken when I herd that Canterbury was going to be the faith leader interviewed, but I was still confident that some good would come out of it.

I think that John Humphries and the production team should be applorded. The progmam came across as being honest, open and with no hidden agenda.

And Rowan Williams too was sincere, mainly understandable to the lay man, and avoided giving the ‘off the shelf’ answer that so often fails to truly engage with the person answering the question.

I think that there was also some truth in much of what Rowan Williams said. But it was a totally wasted opetunity.

He did't make any meeningful referance to the person and work of Jesus Christ during the interview. In the way he presented it, Rowan williams gave the impression that is was quite posible to have Christianity without Christ.

This is unbeleavable, espeshaly when a major part of the interview centered on the question of suffering.

The Christian claim is that we know God through the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. We can not talk meaningfuly about God with out talking about the revalation of God to men, Jesus christ.
Christ must be at the center of all our theology. It is not cleaver arguments that reconsile men to God, but christ Christ crusified. It is not phylosophy that deals with the problem of evil and suffering but christ curcified. It is not fine sounding asurances that people need to hear but Christ curcified.

John Humphrys said to the archbishop in the interview that: “I want to believe, I want to believe in the sort of vague God, if you'll forgive me, that you do”.

I hope and pray that he will come to believe in the God who has “spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Heb 1:2-3)

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