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Posted on Thu 6 August 2015

Sunday shopping risks depriving us of something precious

The observance of Sunday as a weekly day of rest goes back to the Emperor Constantine, and in this country, legislation which forbade “worldly labour” has existed since, at least, the reign of Charles II.

The need for such a day of rest is central to the Bible’s understanding of personal and social flourishing. Although cultures influenced by other faith traditions nowadays have weekly days of rest, it is the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and cultures most influenced by it, which has strongly insisted on it.

What the government is proposing to do, in its revision of Sunday trading laws, is to unpick yet another strand in the fabric of a Christian society which Britain once was.

To read the full Telegraph article, Click Here.

Posted on Wed 5 August 2015

Sunday shopping risks depriving us of something precious

The observance of Sunday as a weekly day of rest goes back to the Emperor Constantine, and in this country, legislation which forbade “worldly labour” has existed since, at least, the reign of Charles II.

The need for such a day of rest is central to the Bible’s understanding of personal and social flourishing. Although cultures influenced by other faith traditions nowadays have weekly days of rest, it is the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and cultures most influenced by it, which has strongly insisted on it.

What the government is proposing to do, in its revision of Sunday trading laws, is to unpick yet another strand in the fabric of a Christian society which Britain once was.

To read the full Telegraph article, Click Here.