Gordon Brown: I should have been more forthright about faith

Dec 2, 2017 by

By Tim Wyatt, Church Times.

GORDON BROWN has said that he should have been more open about the way in which his religious beliefs motivated him while he was Prime Minister.

Writing in his memoirs My Life, Our Times, published last month by Bodley Head, Mr Brown, whose father was a Church of Scotland minister, argued against those who sought to expunge religion from the public square. “To expect those of us with strong beliefs to leave them at the door of the House of Commons or No. 10 is to require us to bring an incomplete version of ourselves into the public arena,” he wrote.

“If the values that matter most to me are the values that I speak about least, then I am, at least in part, in denial of who I really am.”

Quoting the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams, Mr Brown said that to lose the “moral energy” of those with strong religious convictions would “diminish our civic life”…

…Mr Brown’s words were echoed on Tuesday in the annual Theos lecture by Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, who resigned after the General Election in June because he felt that it was impossible to reconcile his position with being a “faithful Christian”.

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