Letter, September 2000.
are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your
philosophy", says Hamlet. Five
centuries after Shakespeare an abiding sense of life's mysteries remains.
We understand our world better than ever before thanks to the meteoric
advance of science and technology. Yet
we are left with the nagging thought that when science and technology have had
their say, there will still be vast tracts of life's landscape that remain
world likes to think of itself as deeply sceptical, even post-Christian.
But I'm not so sure it is quite ready for that conclusion.
Look at the phenomenal success of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books;
or for a teenage audience, the success of TV's X-files or Buffy the
Vampire Slayer. These fantasy
worlds abound with angels and demons, spells and incantations.
Whilst too sophisticated an audience to take them literally, today's
computer-literate generation are nevertheless quite at ease with ideas of there
being another dimension to life beyond what is merely visible.
It is often their forbears who are rather more sceptical.
sees the Church celebrating the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, or
Michaelmas as it is traditionally known. It gives its name to the University
term that begins at this time of year, and it is one of the main festivals for
ordaining ministers into the Church. It
is also the time of year when rents are due on tenant farms up and down the
primarily, the message of Michaelmas is this: Life has two parallel but totally
integrated scripts, one for its physical players and one for its spiritual
players. One script might include a
scene with men and women as its actors, in the other the same scene is played
out with a cast of Spiritual powers at work for good and evil.
once have seemed a rather incongruous left over of Medieval thinking actually
isn't as strange to the newest generation as their rather sceptical parents once
thought. A new generation is
wondering "Perhaps there are more things in Heaven and Earth than are
dreamt of in our philosophies?" Churches
have to be ready to give them the answer.
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