Saturday, 12 June 2010

mid-May opinion

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at a Service for the New UK Parliament at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey: Sermon for the New Parliament.

George Pitcher in the Telegraph has this comment on the archbishop’s sermon: Rowan Williams challenges George Osborne to be more than a little Caesar – I hope he’s up to it.

Giles Fraser writes in the Church Times: Redeemed from the dark corner.

Also in the Church Times Penelope Fleming-Fido argues that Paganism is not a distant or very different religion.

Theo Hobson writes in The Guardian about How religious liberty works. Complaints of persecution by the semi-fascist secular state must be rejected as historically ignorant (or dishonest) alarmism.

Peter Singer writes in The Guardian about Religion’s regressive hold on animal rights issues. How are we to promote the need for improved animal welfare when battling religious views formed centuries ago?

Mary Midgley writes in The Guradian about The abuses of science. Is the evolutionary argument against God’s existence any stronger than Isaac Newton’s in favour?

Roderick Strange has a Credo column in the Times: The call may not be welcome but it cannot be resisted. If our instinct is to shun failure, who would want to be associated with Catholic priesthood?

This week’s The Question at The Guardian’s Comment is free belief is Who’s your favourite heretic? Of those cast out by the mainstream religions, whose thinking are you most intrigued by?
And here are the responses.
Monday: Tina Beattie Porete: a forgotten female voice. Marguerite Porete was a pious French mystic burned to death for her book, The Mirror of Simple Souls.
Tuesday: DD Guttenplan Einstein, heretical thinker. Unlike those we usually think of as heretics, Einstein set himself against the workings of the physical universe.
Thursday: Harriet Baber Origen, radical biblical scholar. Genesis is obviously metaphorical, according to Origen, for whom modern-day Christianity would be unrecognisable.
Friday: Stephen Tomkins Ebion, the fictional heretic. The Ebionites, said to follow a non-existent Ebion, remained closer to Jesus’s Jewishness than other Christians.

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Pope Rowan should listen to himself ocassionally.

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Saturday, 12 June 2010 at 5:21pm BST

I am sure that one day animal rights will be enshrined in codes of law at the European Court, Strasbourg and around the globe. Our descendants will marvel with disbelief at our current ignorance and moral blindness-- even as we find past violations of human rights hard to take.

Pete Singer and Revd Prof Andrew Linzey are great witnesses to this.

Posted by: Rev Laurence Roberts on Saturday, 12 June 2010 at 8:11pm BST

I love Simon's weekly collection of columns theological. But, I can't help myself ...
Did Marguerite Porete begin the Beguines?

Posted by: peterpi on Saturday, 12 June 2010 at 11:33pm BST

"Being ordained is not something calculated, like a smart career move. Instead, a conviction arises among those discerning their calling that this is what they have to do, if they are to be true to themselves. Sometimes the call may not even be welcome; but it cannot be resisted. The lives of the people seeking ordination make that plain."

- Fr. Roderick Strange, Times 'Credo' -

This statement, from a Roman Catholic priest in a 'Times' article, is as true for a woman or a gay person as it ever was for a male Roman Catholic.
This needs to be taken into consideration when some Anglican Church Leaders around the world still seem to question the 'right' of Women and Gays to answer what they genuinely believe to be a call of God upon their lives to enter the ordained ministry of our Church.

Roman Catholics, themselves, will need before too much time has passed, to consider the real and urgent possibility of ordaining married men, women into their own Church. Just think about what Fr. Rod. is saying here: "A conviction arises among those discerning their calling that this is what they have to do'. However, that calling from God -on the life of any baptized person - still needs to be affirmed and confirmed by the Church. Some parts of the Church have made this affirmation, some are 'on the way', and some are yet to be convinced! - "Come Holy Spirit...."

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 13 June 2010 at 3:29am BST

It's Peter Owen who now edits this weekly roundup, not me.

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 13 June 2010 at 6:58am BST

If anyone is looking for a good laugh - from the web-site of a noted ex-Baptist, who proclaims himself as 'The Voice of Anglican Orthodoxy', just peep into his latest blogging on 'virtueonline', under the heading 'Exclusives', and read his '47 Articles of Faith', under the following heading:


This man really is deluded, but he IS Funny!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 at 4:51am BST
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