In belated celebration of my birthday (yes, it was a Good Friday, thank you), I today took the family to London, principally in order that my six-year-old, who recently studied the great fire of London at school, could visit the Monument. We also popped into Tate Modern while at St Paul's Cathedral, but didn't think much of anything that goes by the name of art in that building, with the exception of Höller's Test Site, though that's really just an oversized children's slide the sun dial opposite the Tower of London was a far more interesting sculpture.
All that to say, I'm late getting to the papers today, but Bruce Anderson in The Independent makes for an edifying read this Easter Monday, expanding on the comments made by the Archbishop of Birmingham a couple of days ago:
In the West, we have a vast cultural and intellectual heritage. But our ethical heritage is sadly depleted. Its two wells were the Classics and Christianity. The Classical well has already ceased to function. The Christian one may run dry even before the oil wells.He concludes, "In our dealings with Islam, it would help us if we had more confidence in our own values and traditions. In order for that to occur, as many people as possible ought to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ." Given that I can imagine a number of people dismissively throwing their hands up at that suggestion, a good start at least would be for as many people as possible to understand the contribution that Christianity has made to Western culture ... a possible topic for one of our experts to address in a future edition of The Difference, perhaps?
(Yes, I did experience Carsten Höller's "voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind" "unexpectedly bumpy" was the verdict.)