Sunday, 18 December 2011

Earlier this week I was delighted to here reports of Prime Minister David Cameron`s remarks about the King James version of the Holy Bible: his defence of christian values: remarks about the decline in moral values and the resultant impact on modern society.I quote from the Guardian,UK and world news:I agree with much of what he said.Well said David!!

Ancient copies of the King James Bible are carried during a procession at Westminster Abbey
Ancient copies of the King James Bible are carried during a procession at Westminster Abbey to mark its 400th anniversary. Photograph: Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
David Cameron has declared that "Britain is a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so", in a speech to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
Cameron told Church of England clergy gathered in Oxford that a return to Christian values could counter the country's "moral collapse" and blamed a "passive tolerance" of immoral behaviour for this summer's riots, Islamic extremism, City excess and Westminster scandals.
His words will delight traditionalists in his party and Christian groups that claim believers are increasingly marginalised .
Cameron said there were three reasons why the King James Bible was as relevant today as any point in its history.
"First, the King James Bible has bequeathed a body of language that permeates every aspect of our culture and heritage. Second, just as our language and culture is steeped in the Bible, so too is our politics.
"Third, we are a Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so. Let me be clear: I am not in any way saying that to have another faith – or no faith – is somehow wrong.
"I know and fully respect that many people in this country do not have a religion. And I am also incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make our country stronger. But what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today."
Cameron added that while faith was neither a "necessary nor sufficient condition for morality" it could be a "helpful prod in the right direction".
"Whether you look at the riots last summer, the financial crash and the expenses scandal, or the ongoing terrorist threat from Islamist extremists around the world, one thing is clear: moral neutrality or passive tolerance just isn't going to cut it anymore."
He said people were unwilling to distinguish right from wrong.
"The absence of any real accountability, or moral code, allowed some bankers and politicians to behave with scant regard for the rest of society. And when it comes to fighting violent extremism, the almost fearful passive tolerance of religious extremism that has allowed segregated communities to behave in ways that run completely counter to our values has not contained that extremism but allowed it to grow and prosper."
However emphatic he was about the importance of Christianity to Britain, he was less insistent about its place in his personal life.
As with previous declarations of his belief – once likening it to the patchy reception of a radio station – he told his audience he was a "committed but vaguely practising Church of England Christian" who, while he would stand up for the values and principles" of his faith, was "full of doubts and, like many, constantly grappling with the difficult questions when it comes to some of the big theological issues".
Last month the government announced it was sending a copy of the King James Bible, complete with a foreword from education minister Michael Gove, to every school in the country.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


Up until now I never thought of myself even  as a prospective blogger, but here we go!
I shall write about things that matter  to me and hopefully many others.

As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint and therefore a follower of Christ I may share some of my beliefs, and experiences as an active, though less than perfect christian in an increasingly secular world.

Also, I am  experienced and very keen on family history,and being a fully retired manager in social services, am now working professionally, self employed, in family history research.There are few things I enjoy doing
more though there are frustrations when the internet plays up!

I like my church`s 13th Article of Faith very much which is inspired by the writings of Paul in Philip 4:8. In particular the phrase which says "If there is anything virtuous,lovely,or of good report ,or praiseworthy,we seek after these things", serves as a guide and  inspiration to me.

Now 70 years of age I have been happily married to Audrey for 48 years.We have 5 adult children.