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We must return to sources, to this holy
and wholly extraordinary book into which 

we read back our favourite doctrines, sharing
the comfort of the party line, determined 

to make life what we think it ought to be
until our faith becomes a form of words—this 

is conspiracy, not truth: incarnation
does not come in a risk-free environment— 

if God has delegated his authority
to a team of editors and correspondents 

in different times and languages, is it
surprising that his trust should be repaid 

with anomalies and factual mistakes? Even prophets
must be given freedom to be wrong.

Sonnets 17-22 review the status of the Biblical writings.