Paper Spam

This morning I received an unsolicited copy of English Churchman which seemed to be code for the angry calvinist! It was called a newspaper but was closer in spirit to the tracts and pamphlets of old which sought to change the political or religious outlook of their readers by confrontation as much as reason. Reading the publication was like being buttonholed in the street by an angry crowd who could truck no disagreement. A diatribe against the late Claire Rayner- significantly mispelling her name- lambasted her humanistically driven opposition to the Papacy, while on the opposite page a prominent letter accused the Pope of being the Anti-Christ!Religion that thrives on hostility and being irked or outraged clearly suits some people far more than the classical variety based on love, wisdom and mystery.

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