15 DECEMBER 1961, Page 14


SIR,—It is such letters as that of G. W. R. Thomson (November 17) that must make all true seekers of Christian unity almost despair. 'Dissenters,' he says., 'have no use or desire for sacraments and that Is why they dissent. Before there can be inter- communion Protestant dissenters would have to accept the doctrines of original sin and the real presence : will they do that?' Mr. Thomson hos never taken the trouble to learn the barest facts about the history of English Dissent. Such bland and unforgivable ignorance, especially when it is combined with such patronising Pharisaism, is a greater hindrance to Christian union than the most obstinate theological barrier. GORDON K. HAWES

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