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Letter: More than a ‘feel-good adage’


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
More than a ‘feel-good adage’

As we approach the Christmas season, it was gratifying to see Friday’s editorial (“A present to give – and receive”). I was struck, though, to see Christ’s words relegated to the status of a “feel-good adage,” defined by Webster as “a saying . . . that typically embodies a common observation.”

We live in a secular age, but the earliest documented use of the phrase appears to be in Acts 20:35 (KJV), where the apostle Paul, preaching to the church at Ephesus, said: “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

HOWARD MOFFETT

Canterbury