Saturday, 2 February 2008

opinions at Candlemas

Evangelicals, beginning to voice concern for God’s earth, are critical to the US elections, says James Jones in the Guardian’s Face to Faith column.

Jonathan Sacks writes in The Times that Love can teach us to listen to our enduring melodies.

Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraph has An addiction to behaving badly.

Giles Fraser, in the Church Times says that Too much religion is bad for your faith.

Rowan Williams gave an interview to Martha Linden of the Press Association which you can read in full at his site. It’s more wide-ranging than the headline, Archbishop criticises 24 hour drinking.

Simon Barrow wrote about Challenging the neo-liberal paradigm for Ekklesia.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 2 February 2008 at 8:47am GMT | TrackBack
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James Jones commented about an American concern "The problem is that many Americans still dismiss the sustainability agenda as bad science, bad religion, bad for business and bad for America. Their fear is that if you factor in the environmental costs you'll price America out of the market..."

That was a big issue for Aussies as well. The last elections were a turning point, as there was a massive swing towards environmental candidates and consequent landslide swing to Labour. It was only the second time in Australia's electoral history that a currently serving Prime Minister was voted out of his own seat.

There were two main drivers. Firstly, we knew that it didn't matter who got into power things were going to be messy (there's the bills from the Iraq war to be paid). Secondly, it doesn't matter who is the cleverest, or bravest, or purist. If there is no biosphere, there is no humanity. Recessions come and go, but there is no future if there is no environment.

Would God intervene to save humanity from extinction? Absolutely, otherwise who would compliment God about the wonderful complex biosphere that hugs this planet?

Ezekiel 20:44 "You will know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices"

Micah 5:6-13 "I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. As for you, O watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem... the LORD will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies. But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing floor. “Rise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion...”

Isaiah 37:31-32 "Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."

Posted by: Cheryl Va. Clough on Saturday, 2 February 2008 at 8:17pm GMT

"Large organisations readily come to see their own internal workings as being what they are all about."

How true! Thanks for this essay, Giles Fraser -- it came just as I was deciding whether to "step away just a little."

Posted by: Peter of Westminster on Monday, 4 February 2008 at 10:04am GMT
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