LETTER:Augustine's reply

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The Independent Online
Sir: In his letter ("Christians did not invent morality" 5 March) Professor Maurice Pope could well have quoted St Augustine (Augustini Opera, 1, 12) - "The very thing which is now called the Christian religion, really was known to the ancients, nor was it wanting at any time from the beginning of the human race up to the time Christ came in the flesh; from which time the true religion, which has previously existed, began to be called Christian, and this in our days is the Christian religion, not as having been wanting in former times, but as having in later times received that name."

John Danser