Thursday, May 08, 2008

Cardinal Speaks of God in Britain

The following are some interesting quotes in regard to statements made recently by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

From BBC:
"Believers may be partly responsible for the decline in faith by losing sense of the mystery and treating God as a "fact in the world", he said in a lecture."

"If Christians really believed in the mystery of God, we would realise that proper talk about God is always difficult, always tentative."
From Guardian:
"He urged Catholics to prevent the country from becoming a "world devoid of religious faith" through a deeper engagement with God by praying, studying and performing charitable acts."

"What did we do to generate unbelief? We need to examine what we might have done to give people a misleading idea of God. Faith in Britain might be improved by a deeper grasp of the mystery of God on the part of our believers."

"He also called for a better dialogue between believers and non-believers based on mutual esteem, rather than a rejection of difference, in order to address the split between the Gospels and culture. He then questioned the grounds on which some prominent atheists attacked faith."

"The interesting question about atheism is, what is the theism being denied? Have you ever met anyone who believes what Richard Dawkins does not believe in? The God that is being rejected by such people is a God I don't believe in either."

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