Thought for the Day

The juxtaposition of rugby and religion might well be the epitome of Sundays for some BBC Radio 4 listeners, but for others can see a little forced. Thought for the Day provides reflections on current events through faith, in this instance a controversial referee decision in the recent rugby world cup quarter-final that solidified Scotland’s last-minute defeat to Australia. Rev Dr Sam Wells integrates a story of Jesus’ willingness to forgive with a discussion on the role of technology in sport. Despite the somewhat tenuous bridge to theology, Thought for the Day has the effect of timelessness upon seemingly modern conflicts. Whilst it may not be for everyone, it does provide a well-considered balance between outlining the importance of contemporary issues and underpinning their lessons with references to faith, the concept can add fresh perspectives with thought-provoking conclusions – no belief necessary.

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