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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

redressing the floods debate...

Friday, July 06, 2007

With reference to his inclusion in last weekend's Sunday Telegraph article, which quoted various bishops as saying the recent floods are God's judgement on our society's 'moral decadence', Bishop James Jones has claimed that he was misrepresented, saying:

"When people lose their lives, others their homes and livelihoods it is important pastorally to say that their disaster is definitely not a judgement of God on them. That is why I refused to use the language of judgement. God has created a world of cause and effect. If we change the climate through profligate use of carbon it is we who bring upon ourselves and others the consequences of reaping what we sow."

I'm very much in agreement with Maggi Dawn and Kester Brewin regarding the original article, in particular the reported comments of Bishop Graham Dow, and so am relieved that Bishop James has clarified his position.

You can read the press release on the Liverpool diocesan website 'here'. It is hoped that the Sunday Telegraph will publish Bishop James' statement this weekend.

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