chapter  7
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The Question of God Today

ByNicholas Lash

I remember a conversation, over forty years ago, with a friend, a retired primary school teacher. She was very angry. Her grand-daughter, aged six or seven, had just come back from school, in some distress. An idiotic teacher had told the class to draw a picture of God. The school was in Marlow, a small town on the Thames, some thirty miles upstream from London. The little girl had drawn a picture of a swan, sailing serenely along among the rushes. The teacher, on seeing it, berated her, complaining: ‘That’s not what God looks like!’