Drop the media view of Christians
Sadly, Peter Wilby has fallen for the image of the Christian that the media is keen to paint. For instance, I would not call Jonathan Edwards, Cliff Richard, Va'aiga Tuigamala or the Rt Rev James Jones (Bishop of Liverpool) "mousy individuals who find it hard to make friends". My experience of church schools is that they are successful because parents - from white middle-class or Asian and Caribbean working-class - believe that they teach attitudes and standards of behaviour that have been lost in ordinary state schools.
Ironically, the UK's education system - as with so much of its social welfare provision - would not have come into existence had it not been for the dedication and foresight of committed Christians in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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