Again and again
No, not “Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord” but again and again we keep hearing of the atrocities of the Brewer brothers in destroying Christian bookshops.
AN unholy row has broken out over the running of a cathedral bookshop.
More than 300 people have signed a petition calling on the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral to “rescue” its shop from its US owners.
Critics say Phil and Mark Brewer’s Saint Stephen the Great Trust has “ravaged” the shop, once described as “the best theological bookshop in the world”, leaving it a shadow of its former self.
The trust took over the bookshop from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in November 2006.
That one touches me personally, as I was a student at St Chad’s College, Durham, and like many other students, I used to patronise the bookshop.
Many of the best books in my library were bought there, thanks to SPCK, which not only made the books available in the bookshop, but also provided a generous subsidy to enable theological students to purchase them.
So I have memories of many happy hours spent browsing in the Durham Cathedral book shop, and it is sad to think of all that been wrecked, and even sadder to think of all the opportunities missed.
I’m reminded of Mad Bob Mugabe’s seemingly insatiable urge to destroy Zimbabwe.
Again and again we keep hearing of new feats of destruction of the former SPCK Bookshops.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear some good news for a change.