Signs of the Times

The Bishop of Woolwich
in The Observer
London, England

[Reprinted with permission of the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service.]

Is Christ unique because he is normal or because he is abnormal: The Gospel, as I understand it, is that in this man we see the uniquely normal human being, the one who alone was what all of us are meant to be, the man who is uniquely free for others and free from self. That, I believe, is what the Evangelists are saying. But modern man would never guess it. Because of the language, the pictures that they use, Jesus appears to be presented as though he were unique because he is abnormal. And that is no gospel—no good news to us— at all.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

February 3, 1968

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.