LETTER : The human 'whole' begins at fertilization

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From Mr Matthew Bain

Sir: I find it strange that in his discussion of what constitutes life Archbishop Habgood dwells so heavily on physical phenomena such as the condition of the brain stem.

I have always thought that the spiritual life, of which the archbishop is supposedly an advocate, depends in part upon the belief in a spirit or soul which is life-giving and non-physical. The archbishop's essay is one more reason why I shall continue to live my spiritual life outside of the Church of England.

Yours faithfully,


London, SW14

20 April