Letter: Forget the Ten Commandments

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Sir: Surely it isn't too worrying that we clergy can't remember all the Commandments. After all, if you can't tell right from wrong without recourse to a list, you'd need a much longer list.

What is much more worrying about the Sunday Times report is the clerical responses to the questions about their beliefs. Of course, having to answer "yes" or "no" to doctrinal questions is far too simplistic, but it seems that 69 per cent of clergy "believe" the Virgin Birth story, 88 per cent think there will be a Second Coming, and a staggering 95 per cent believe the miracle stories.

A Church which portrayed itself as less superstitious and anachronistic would have a better chance of getting the real gospel message across.

The Rev KENNETH WILSON

Wolverhampton

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