- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Monarch Books (17 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857210300
- ISBN-13: 978-0857210302
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
We Don't Do God: The Marginalization of Public Faith Paperback – 17 Feb 2012
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About the Author
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. George Carey, Baron Carey of Clifton, PC, FKC, was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
A summary of the book is as follows, in order of chapter:
1) A summary of the issue at hand - why Lord Carey decided to write this book. Essentially it was the naive judgment handed down by Lord Justice Laws, in the case of Gary McFarlane.
2) What has Christianity done for us - a reminder that it helped to abolish slavery, made contributions to the labour party (via Christian Socialism), the bible & the common book of prayer helped shape the English language, the educational system, the health service and the 1990 Jubilee debt relief program.
3) Attitudes are changing too fast - true tolerance allows differing opinions. Tolerance should accept other opinions even if they don't agree or like them. If you're sure you're right then you should be patient with others and refrain from legislating the hell out of every issue.
4) The two weapons against modern religion: secularism & multiculturalism - we possess a Christian culture, legal and social system. However, it is clear that few understand the nature of these things anymore. This allows authors, like Dawkins, to construct strawmen religious systems, which they can easily destroy. If we better understood our own beliefs and culture then we'd have been better prepared to respond. So given the residual left over, the question is, what do we do with what's left? It is argued that multiculturalism is used as a tool to make society relative.Read more ›
Lord Carey's readable account of recent rulings which have sought to marginalise Christianity makes a disturbing view of how much of modern day Britain views the role of Christianity. Essentially he is reacting to the populist view that Christianity is for individuals on their own or together but not to be broadcast to others.
I read it in three sittings so is not academic although he is looking at material published by Dawkins and others as well as Law Lords rulings.
The important point he makes is, we can not go back to the days when Christianity was unquestioned, but those who think Christianity is important for the 21st century have to tread a different path to that previously.
The world has changed but there is still a lot of life in Christianity if its adherents wake up and reclaim some of their public expression.
Read it and be challenged if you feel the Christian faith is being marginalised.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finish this book as yet, but so far I have found it a very interesting read. a book every Christian should read. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by homer
Gives an excellent review of the sad state of spirituality in 21st Century Britain, and of the intolerence culture growing in the public sectorPublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mike
As always, quick and efficient service, thanks. George Carey and his son give a very clear explanation of how the Christian faith is being marginalised.Published on 21 Nov. 2012 by Crispo
Excellent book from our former archbishop. This is written in a very accessible style and is an informative addition to the book shelf.Published on 1 Nov. 2012 by MRS B.A.MANTERFIELD
Not sure I liked this book very much. The wording was very ambigious in some areas and opinions seemed to be skewed to one side only.Published on 24 April 2012 by Chrissy