Saturday, 6 September 2008

opinions this weekend

Geoffrey Rowell writes in The Times about writing your own obituary, Providence takes us back to the history of the future.

Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph about how Bees are eating Lichfield Cathedral.

And Craig Brown writes that Pop memorabilia are the holy relics of our time.

Also, George Pitcher comments on No women with top Church of England jobs.

At the Guardian David Bradnack argues that The Christian creed is full of bad science that makes it a religion of deception.

And Sue Blackmore writes about the teaching of science in Opening minds.

Giles Fraser’s Church Times column is about Joining the New Orleans resurrection.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 6 September 2008 at 9:30am BST | TrackBack
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I would think it good if the creed was dropped from reciting. It is an inheritance and is like a roundabout for the traffic to go around, but that's all. It is worth and nod and contradicting.

The science people in the Dawkins' programme said they did not overtly challenge religious beliefs because they were dealing with teenagers and their identities. Well the RE lessons should be where the different views are put; the RE lesson is where abstract learning reaches out. It is in RE lessons that views of creation should include the challenge of evolution, in science lessons evolution alone should be taught as it follows the evidence based method of science.

Posted by: Pluralist on Saturday, 6 September 2008 at 4:24pm BST

The problem is not what Jesus is or was ordained to be. Rather it is with priests who contrive to make Jesus what they need to support their edifices.

Many priests' theology is a selfish and opportunistic as the Jews Jesus debated against in his time.

Some of it is plain laughable. In making Jesus the complete and perfect fulfillment of God, they have committed idolatry against the Father and dismissed the Holy Spirit as separate and discrete consciousnesses with their own likes and dislikes, gifts, talents and capacity. They have made Jesus the laughing stock of the universe as "illegitimate" souls sit on the sidelines to allow Jesus to completely and perfectly run his own show.

Some of it is just plain bad manners. Some are so worried about not respecting Jesus enough, that they don't have the humility or grace to acknowledge or treat other souls with respect. Just because a man is a homosexual does not mean he doesn't have to be courteous to women.

Many are like sociopathic hardened criminals. They are so busy telling people they should not feel remorse, guilt or regret, that souls don't take responsibility for hurting others' feelings or refraining from further abuse. Jesus wanted people to live full lives free of guilt and shame, but that was not to be sociopathic abusers who are indifferent to the suffering of others, but rather from the freedom of not having done something (or having failed to do something) that a decent soul would later regret doing (or failing to do).

Posted by: Cheryl Va. on Sunday, 7 September 2008 at 11:04am BST
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