So anyway, just come back from Question of Faith. Thanks for all your help and prayers.
Reflecting with an older wiser Christian afterwards, we noticed that the watchword of the night was "tolerance." This was the Absolute Good and that which no-one dare speak against. But interestingly, my friend made the point that the history of religious toleration was very different to how we use the word today. So, for instance, the Act of Toleration in 1689 was the granting of liberties by a strong majority to a weak minority (the non-confromists). It was not, as it is assumed to mean today, the decision of equals to get along together.
I think that's a fascinating point. True tolerance is a strong incumbent majority who nonetheless accommodate themselves and stoop to serve the weak. The truly Tolerant One is the Lord Jesus who makes Himself Servant of all. And He wouldn't be more tolerant if He stopped insisting on being Lord. He can be Lord and the most tolerant all at once (when tolerance is properly understood).
Anyway, that's one reflection.
My answers were as Twitter-like as I could make them. We got 90 seconds maximum, so there's not a great deal that can be said. I had the very best questions from some teenagers who came up to me at the end of the evening. They appeared to be with their mother. There was no pussy-footing with the teens: "So you think the other panelists are going to hell?" etc, etc. It was definitely the most fruitful time of the evening. At one point I tried to make fun of the omni-being of philosophy: "You know that nonsense they teach in religious education, 'God is omniscient, omnipotent, omniverous, ambidextrous'." They laugh nervously. I think it's because I'm deliciously drole. Then the woman introduces herself: "Hi, I'm their RE teacher..." Oh.
The evening was video'd and will be up on the web in a week or so. I'll link to it when it's available.
Once again, thanks! :)