By EVE McADAM
THE best of the Gilbert Harding epitaphs was that spoke[, by the man himself with never a thought that it would be used for such a purpose. On Tuesday, last week, the Horn. Service repeated a conversation between Harding and Eamonn Andrews which vir• tually told his life story.
It has already been said that hs was a humble man: this came through powerfully, if not a little pathetically, in the light of what happened so soon after. He considered, for example. that he rereceived too much money for the things he did-"television is a desperately easy was of making a living"-and he regretted his short temper.
He thought that he had been spoiled as a little boy, but, even though this in some manner accounted for his being rude to people who annoyed him it wasn' the whole story. His curse was not being able to -emcmber effectively enough those words of the psalmist: "Lord, I will take heed
• . lest I offend with my tongue."
WHEN Jesus came to Birmingham. They simply passed him
by thus the opening of Fr Gordon Albion s "Seeing and Believing" (BBC, Sunday). While one could hardly have called the programme adventurous, it was certainly basic. and no doubt suited to the responses of Sunday morning viewers, at the best of times-I speak as one less wise-an odd lot Fr. Albion took as his theme "What think ye of Christ?" and expounded, with the help of a quiet telegenic and beautifully clear-voiced scripture reader, the more or less standard arguments in support of Our Lord's divinity. Not that this is nearly as simple as I seem to make it sound; it is the continuity that counts in this sort of exposition, and Fr. Albion achieved a good deal in his opening, which is after all, the point at which you catch 'cm or noL
UTTER indifference to the person of Christ, he said, is .1 modern phenomenon. In his owe day. Our Lord was not ignored People took to him or against him but always with passion, with per sonal commitment.
A reasonable man in what is still a Christian country owes it to himself to judge in the same way. Nobody need come to [lit Christian conclusion if the evidence does not persuade him; but to be downright indifferent is to close the mind against certain demanding facts.