Page 7, 2nd March 1984

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Page 7, 2nd March 1984 — Guilty by default

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Guilty by default

The Killing by Richard Holloway (Darien. Longman & Todd, £1.45).

IT IS a frightening fact that indifference, lukewarmness and familiarity can be more dangerous than fanaticism. hatred and ignorance.

This is amply born out by scripture. it is also witnessed to by the gradual erosion of the acceptance of personal responsibility for ones own actions or for those of the society to which one belongs.

If this is true of society at large, how much more of Christians? particularly in their attitude to the Cross of Christ.

This may seem too strong, but the sin of indifference is difficult to recognise and admit. However Richard Holloway

helps its to identify ourselves with the major and minor actors in the drama of our salvation and face — each of us — our part in the death of Jesus.

He is in the company of those artists. poets and writers who have used their skills to do just this — Grunewald, Chagall, Barna Senese (whose Kiss of Judas is on the cover of this book).

Edwin Moir whose poem The Killing prefaces it. Causelv's poem Norman Crucifix. and writers like Motmann and Sebastian Moore.

He is telling us that however well we know the story of the Passion. we may yet be strangers, unable to "read these people or this outlandish deity".

Sr Miriam ODC

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