LETTER: Time for new thinking on theology

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As we witness the decline in church support, we must ask ourselves if we could not harness the goodwill of many believers who have difficulty with dogma. This was codified for the illiterate in AD451 by the Council of Chalcedon when the Copts decided they couldn’t accept the concept of Christ as anything but the spiritual Son of God. Resurrection and virgin birth seem needless hurdles of a non-spiritual nature to many who believe in one God, not a trinity. There must be room for them as friends of the church at least to protect us from a religious vacuum that invites outlandish cults. I would suggest a new Council of Chalcedon.

James Finlay,

Rainton, Gatehouse of Fleet.