Saturday, 1 March 2008

opinion columns

Three articles by Giles Fraser this weekend.
In the Guardian he writes in Intimations of mortality that we have lost the art of plain speaking when it comes to death - and that is not healthy for children.
Also in the Guardian he previews the BBC’s Passion (to be broadcast in Holy Week) in Thou shalt not offend anyone: BBC’s Jesus is nice but dull.
And in the Church Times he asks Is Fairtrade the same as fair?.

In the Guardian’s Face to faith column David Bryant writes that the perspective shift urged by the philosopher Martin Buber has the power to heal our world.

In The Times Jonathan Sacks writes Lose faith in God we will lose faith in humanity.

Also in The Times Libby Purves asks whether Oxford scholars should be forced to say grace in Oxford scholars’ grace protest: principled or petulant?

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 1 March 2008 at 4:05pm GMT | TrackBack
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I won't be watching the BBC thing. I wonder if Channel 4 is using Robert Beckford again?. I quite like his offerings and I missed the Christmas comparisons.

Posted by: Pluralist on Saturday, 1 March 2008 at 4:41pm GMT

Father B:quote:So does it work? Many of the world's endemic problems are a direct result of perceiving in terms of I-It. Unquote.

As a bona fide tree hugger - facilely accused by some conservative believers of really being a neo-pagan because I would revalue Nature, including empirical comprehensions of Self and Nature and Cosmos, I must say that I still believe it is a far better path. But those sorts do not end up running big cash cow global corporations. Not yet, that is.

My character defects often involve my not dealing all that well with I-IT encounters: I am terrible, just terrible, at mechanics and at plumbing. But at least that individual skill deficit doesn't help chop down the rainforests with narry a thought about long-term consequences. Also, to be honest, I think many good mechanics and plumbers do have an almost I-Thou relationship with things, too, at least among the best and most durable crafts people I have known or observed up close and personal. Every time that sort of worker cuts down a tree, he or she thinks about what is happening to the local forest.

But those sorts do not end up running big cash cow Global Corporations. Not yet, that is.

Posted by: drdanfee on Monday, 3 March 2008 at 5:40pm GMT


You might enjoy Mark Wallace's book "Finding God in the Singing River".

There's some very pagan imagery in the bible e.g. Hosea 2:19-23 "In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion... “In that day I will respond,” declares the LORD— “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond... I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’ ”"

Ezekiel 34:25-26 "I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety. I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill." See also Isaiah 54

God's grace and vision has never been for just humanity, nor just males, nor just Christians.

Posted by: Cheryl Va. on Monday, 3 March 2008 at 7:44pm GMT


There must be something quite peculiar in Anglicanism to make you call Hosea, Ezekiel and Isaiah "pagan"?

Posted by: Göran Koch-Swahne on Tuesday, 4 March 2008 at 8:00am GMT
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