Kirk's lack of faith;Letter

4th June 1999 at 01:00
"KIRK stands by secular schools" (TESS, May 21). You would think it would stand by consciously Christian education being offered in our so-called non-denominational schools, but which you rightly call secular.

Instead, the general secretary of the Kirk's education department admits that "Christian RE is not promoted per se by the department". Furthermore, your report went on to tell us that many pupils in non-denominational schools are receiving no exposure to the Christian faith at all. When there is woolly thinking among many of the opinion formers in the Kirk, is it any wonder?

A radical, fresh, imaginative approach to Christian religious education is called for, because our non-denominational schools are fast becoming not only multi-faith but non-faith schools.

Meanwhile, the Kirk has once more affirmed it is against Roman Catholic schools continuing their separate existence. But which Christian tradition can be said to have upheld and advanced its ethos more faithfully this century?

Readers owe you a vote of thanks for gently suggesting where woolly thinking and weak leadership may exist and where clear thinking and strong leadership seem at present to lie.

Iain Campbell Archibald Regius Christian School Edinburgh

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