High praise indeed for Wright

27th January 1995 at 00:00
Chris Wright is to be congratulated on his article on collective worship. Not since the days of Bert Lodge have I seen writing which has such a genuine grasp of the issues.

Chris Wright rightly draws the distinction between the opportunities that schools should provide for worship, and the possibility of pupils responding. Pupil response never can be commanded by Government edict or by act of Parliament. Worship must be capable of pupils responding. It stands to reason that worship which is "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character" will give special status to Jesus Christ.

There are a number of points where I part company with Mr Wright. Trevor Cooling, as I am sure he would be the first to admit, is not the spokesman for the Evangelical Alliance (EA). The EA Education Coalition's proposals which were supported by Trevor Cooling have not been officially endorsed by the EA, which has made clear its public support for the present law.

My criticisms of the EA cited in the TES article therefore do not apply. Leaving these corrections aside, the article has much to commend it and I thank the TES for having it written.

COLIN HART

The Christian Institute

Eslington House

Jesmond, Newcastle.

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