Saturday, 4 October 2008

opinions gathered

The Times has The spark of God within us is truth, not empty words by Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba, Bishop of Botswana.

Last week, the Church Times had Creationism has to be exposed by Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester.

This week, the Church Times has Giles Fraser who asks about Facial hair: progressive or passé?

Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph about John Betjeman on the wireless.

In the Guardian Zaki Cooper and Michael Harris write about Yom Kippur in Face to Faith.

Andrew Brown writes on his new Comment is free blog about God and mammon, redux.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 4 October 2008 at 10:06am BST | TrackBack
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Many people have forgotten the wisdom that Bishop Mwamba reminds us.

We are all alive because we contain a piece of God, the divine holy spark. God's spirit breathes into us and we live, God dwells within.

e.g. Genesis 2:7 "LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

Ezekiel 37:9 & 14 "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live" and "I will put my Spirit in you and you will live"

And Jesus at John 20:22 Jesus "breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit."

Posted by: Cheryl Va. on Saturday, 4 October 2008 at 9:45pm BST

Mid-Lent is passed and Easter's near,
The greatest day of all the year,
When Jesus, whom men thought had died,
Rose with his body glorified. - John Betjeman

Frankly, I don't see why the Editor of SPCK found the above verse unacceptable. I'm quite sure that those who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus did actually think he had died.

Betjeman's poetical phrasing might just have been a momentary slip of unintentional theological infelicity. Being the orthodox catholic he was, Betjeman would never have wanted to short circuit the actual death of Christ en route to his resurrection. Should this have been put down to mere poetic license?

This parsimonious editorial control, in the name of 'orthodoxy', would seem to have survived into today's Church politics - with the puritanical excursions of FOCA and the Global South - and maybe the current opposition to women bishops?.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 5 October 2008 at 4:27am BST
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