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    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Cultural constuct

    Here is a man who has become a cultural construct.

    The dark side of religion comes from people that are sure that they know all
    truth, but they don't.

    The irrelevant side of religion comes from people who deal in cultural


    A priest with the Church of England who converted to Hinduism has been allowed to continue to officiate as a cleric.

    “I have neither explicitly nor implicitly renounced my Christian faith or priesthood,” he said. The renewal of his licence was sponsored by the Rural Dean of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

    Mr Hart believes that his change to Hinduism would be “read in the spirit of open exploration and dialogue, which is an essential feature of our shared modern spirituality”.

    He also said that he would continue to celebrate as an Anglican priest when he visited England, but he would also visit a Hindu temple while there. “My philosophical position is that all religions are cultural constructs,” he said. “I am acting out God’s story in local terms.”

    However, not everyone in the Church of England is impressed by Mr Hart’s passion for Hinduism. Pauline Scott, the team vicar of St James, in Stretham, said that she would oppose any attempts by Mr Hart to celebrate in the Ely Diocese.

    “We do tend to use Christian priests, surprisingly enough,” she said.
    The Bishop of Ely’s office said that it had not known of Mr Hart’s conversion to Hinduism until this week.


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