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PEVENSEY BAY JOURNAL
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018: EDITION 23
Father Tony Windross, the Vicar of Pevensey
Is there a case for your own second referendum?
Photo by Alexa Mazzarello on Unsplash
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Boris Johnson, in those far-off days before the Referendum, supposedly wrote two articles: one in favour of staying in the EU, and one against it. He was apparently undecided as to which was the stronger case, and wanted to try and get things clear in his own mind. The story goes that having written the pieces, he thought long and hard – and decided that the argument to leave was a bit better.

Whether there’s any truth in all that – who knows? Whether Boris really believes that leaving the EU is as important as he says it is – who knows? What’s interesting – is the way he eventually came to the conclusion he did. Because it can help to shed some light on how we decide things.

There’s something rather odd about the whole idea of ‘making up your mind’. It all sounds so done-and-dusted. That it’s a once-for-all event. And that having arrived at whatever conclusion it is – there’s no more to be said.

Only the seriously limited would think there’s anything wrong with changing your mind. And that, even if new information comes along – you stick with the conclusion you originally arrived at.

Sometimes it’s easy to decide something. But sometimes it’s really hard – and we spend enormous amounts of time weighing up the different alternatives. Especially if it involves something really important. Who to marry. What job to do. Where to live. That sort of stuff.

And the ironic thing is that we spend the most time agonising over those matters – which are the most finely balanced. We find it hard to ‘make up our mind’ – when two alternative courses of action are almost equally appealing. But if they are so evenly matched – it presumably doesn’t matter much to us which we choose!

What’s your view of religion? What sense (if any) can you make of the idea of God? How much wrestling with such things have you ever done? How have you ‘made up your mind’ about them? How open are you to looking at them again? Is there a case for your equivalent of a second referendum?

Father Tony Windross, the Vicar of Pevensey


The work of Father Tony Windross as a writer and author is marked. The Thoughtful Guide to Faith (2003), for example, received interesting reviews. John Shelby “Jack” Spong, a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church and a liberal Christian theologian, said this book will escape the walls of the church and be debated everywhere.