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This Easter


The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The media usually describes the abolition of slavery as a matter of human rights. But as the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, pointed out on the 2nd of April, “This was not a case – as so often touted today – of faith versus human rights. For the Abolitionists their belief in the right treatment of all peoples was founded, grounded and expounded in their belief in Jesus Christ.” (This is a point we made in the Fellowship.)

Today I heard the Archbishop say that the Church has been far too preoccupied with talking about the ordination of gays (possibly another “human rights” issue) instead of proclaiming the message of Easter – God in Jesus died for us, and belief in Him actually transforms lives. Christianity transforms societies, too, and certainly has been a driving force in British society, in the development of our judicial system and constitution.