Letters to the editor, February 2019

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Are science and religion opposed?

Re: letter from Dr. Frank Thompson (“Views of scientists wanted,” Dec. 2018, p. 5), I quote: “Some say that religion and science are opposed; so they are, but only in the same sense as that in which the thumb and forefinger are opposed—as between the two, one can grasp everything” (Sir William Bragg, 1925).

Also, re: “Reader would not read digital-only Journal” (Dec. 2018, p. 5): I echo Mrs. Abby Mulvihill. I read both the Toronto Anglican and the Anglican Journal cover to cover. I am no email fan or typist! It has taken me 30 minutes to write this!

Sheila Hawkins
Midland, Ont.

‘Remembering and repenting as we pray for Jews’

I appreciated very much the timely and nuanced article by Bishop Bruce Myers concerning the relationship of Judaism and Christianity (“Remembering and repenting as we pray for Jews,” Jan. 2019, p. 10). He exposes the tragic history of supersessionism in the church and encourages Gentile believers to appreciate our Jewish roots. As God regathers the Jews to Israel and prepares to bring to fuller measure the One New Man, Jew and Gentile as the Bride of Christ, I believe these insights and calls to repentance are part of his kingdom activity in our generation.

The Rev. Donald James
National Development Director
Bridges for Peace Canada

Personal details lacking

The well-written article about the newly installed Archbishop Anne Germond (“Germond made metropolitan of Ontario,” Dec. 2018, p. 1) described her goals and welcome stance on issues important to her, and probably to us as well,  but the article was missing something important: the person Anne Germond. Nothing was said about her family (husband, children, etc.) nor her outside-of-church interests (her pastimes, what she does for amusement or enjoyment, etc.). We are all complex individuals, just as she is, too; most people relate better to others whom we see as at least somewhat like ourselves, and who are more likely to understand us and whom we are more likely to understand.

Adding personal elements would have made her story even more interesting.

William Grubb
Pembroke, Ont.

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