We need to teach Christian roots

18th February 2000 at 00:00
I HAVE encountered a number of students in this university, whose knowledge of Christianity is so scant they would have been nonplussed by the reference to "doubting Thomases" in your editorial (TES, February 4).

It is surely worrying that they have appropriated so little of the impetus behind western European culture. Given that the number of parents who are wiling to pass on such cultural background to their children appears to be dwindling, educators must redress the balance before a whole generation grows up ignorant of its roots.

One is right to fear "indoctrination" but it is indoctrination of similar magnitude to pretend religion is not worth teaching.

Nicholas Wilshere

Trinity College, Oxford


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