Will Welby ever make the case for God? Letter to The Times

The Rev’d Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden


Philip Collins (“Will Welby ever make the case for God?”, Opinion, December 27) rightly reminds the Church of England that the Christian faith has no monopoly on compassion, but he adopts a lofty, under-informed critique about the factual basis on which the faith is contingent.

Not only is the historial narrative more compelling than he allows, but so is the experience of those who have put the faith into practice.  We live in an empirical age, and so we might have expected critics of Christianity to have tried it and then critiqued it.  Those of us who approach it as a working hypothesis to be tested have grown ever more deeply committed as it delivers what it promises – even to intellectuals.

Perhaps G. K. Chesterton was right when he wrote that “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and not tried”.

The Revd Canon Dr Gavin D Ashenden

Chaplain to the Queen, and Canon Theologian,Chichester Cathedral

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