Religion: Sermon in the Times

Twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, the London Times turns over its leading editorial to religion. The editorial writer for the occasion is not a Timesman but an Anglican parson: 53-year-old Canon Spencer Leeson, who recently gave up the $16,000-a-year headmastership of illustrious Winchester College (prep school) to become a parish priest in one of Portsmouth's worst-blitzed areas. Said the Times leader:

"From the days of the French Revolution onwards a new religion has been taking possession of the souls of men—a religion of secular humanism. The main articles of this faith are that the exercise of reason and the extension...

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