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"The book's described as a personal view of the life and work of Jesus"
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Sunday, 26 December, 1999, 06:08 GMT
Carey's tabloid message

George Carey: "Jesus is our contemporary"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined a tabloid newspaper to spread his millennium message, saying he wants to reach as many people as possible.

Doctor George Carey, who has chosen the News of the World as a way of spreading the word, says it is part of his job to seek out every available channel to communicate God's love to the world.

I'm delighted that we've teamed up
Archbishop of Canterbury
The paper will publish the archbishop's book Jesus 2000 free with next Sunday's edition. Its editor Phil Hall said he hoped Jesus would appreciate the paper helping the nation get to know him.

The archbishop writes in Boxing Day's newspaper: "I'm delighted that we've teamed up in this way."

He says there was "nothing grand about Jesus", and adds: "From birth to death he never had two pennies to rub together, he didn't go to college and he never held a steady job.

"That is the Christ I encountered afresh when I started to think about the millennium."

He said he believed that "a lot of what we take for granted - such as education and medical care for all" was rooted in the message of Christ.

'Not a soft option'

Recalling his time as a young man before he found Christianity, the archbishop said a man called Jack Titterton, a toolmaker at Ford's in Dagenham, directed him towards religion.

"He was the rugged type who taught me that Christianity wasn't a soft option or an escape from reality", he said.

Dr Carey used a more conventional means to convey his Christmas Day message, when he spoke from the pulpit of Canterbury cathedral. He attacked the view that there is a scientific explanation for the entire natural world.

"The contemporary science that drives such change can also strip it of some of its sense of wonder," he said.

"We increasingly bring with us the expectation that whatever is revealed can be explained - if not now, then later."
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