Comments: General Synod Agenda

What people don't realize about Big Brother is that the entire scenario is Sade-ian, predicated on the objectification and dehumanization of the bodies served up for voyeuristic entertainment. The logical climax of this perversion is that not content with getting the participants to abuse one another verbally the organizers will cater to the latent taste for bloodshed. The behaviour of abusive and torturing troops in Iraq shows that a society acclimatized to sadistic voyeurism is a breeding-ground for real-life horror. I hope the C of E bishops will go to the root of this and not come across as predictable puritanical fuddy-duddies.

Posted by Fr Joseph O'Leary at Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 9:53am GMT

I'm very sympathetic to criticisms of big brother - their manipulation of human beings' psyche in the name of entertainment, proving points, financial gain, career advancement and peer approval is appalling. Not worth debating by the chancellor or the general synod considering what other ancient injustices are in need of readdressing, though.

But I do question the link to 'abusive and torturing troops in Iraq'. The broader cultural/historical/psychological background to that
particular thing is really a thing which needs no supplementary dynamic such as reality tv.

Posted by matthew hunt at Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 3:46pm GMT

MH observed
their manipulation of human beings' psyche in the name of entertainment, proving points, financial gain, career advancement and peer approval is appalling.

Are we talking about BB or GS?

Posted by mynsterpreost (=David Rowett) at Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 4:01pm GMT

From the looks of the contrasting resolutions, the push to polarize continues inside the CoE. We can pretty much tell you just where that will get you. Instead of pitching different views against one another, the Synod would do well to debate multiple, clear reaffirms of the negelcted fundamental CoE parameters of historic Anglican leeway which they discern necessary to maintain the church and buffer it against just the going rightwing polarizations so necessary as prelude to exclusive rightwing institutional realignment.

Now that would be a Synod, no?

That reaffirmation of the Elizabethan Settlement need not ask very conservative believers to leave CoE, but tell them to stop claiming that they alone hold all the keys to the kingdom. If they cannot agree to disagree while they play nice with all Anglican others, because God has shown them the absolute errors of other people's ways, then the polarizations and witch hunts must continue, even intensify.

The new missionary arrangements will certainly be a funny free for all. Let it rip. The sooner missionaries arrive from Africa or Asia to tell us how awful and wrong historic liberal society innately is, with iterations of some de facto if not de jure vision of closed theocracy always being so much better, the sooner we can reach a consensus about whether closing down intelligent empirical inquiry and participatory democracies are two of the obvious revelation markers along the royal road to God through Jesus our Lord.

Posted by drdanfee at Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 4:27pm GMT

Here is a good missionary offer: Let's make the UK more like Nigeria. Voting starts now.

Posted by drdanfee at Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 4:28pm GMT
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