Sunday, August 05, 2007

The modern tenderness for human life

The Hindu and Muslim soldiers who rose against their British officers in the Indian Mutiny of 1587 justified terrible atrocities against Europeans as God's work. When the mutiny collapsed following the siege of Delhi, the British exacted their own terrible vengeance, also as God's work. As one British general put it: "The Word of God gives no authority to the modern tenderness for human life." The British chaplain at Delhi wrote that the Mutiny was "a conflict of truth against error" that justified any barbarism. See this week's Musing.

Click to enlarge Anne's Sunday gift.