Comments: two radio items

I don't understand the uproar about Dr John's talk. Hearing it I recalled a time when I was hospitalised (in an Episcopal hospital, as it happens). I was visited by a friend who'd been taken in by some evangelicals in our church. He told me that the reason I was in hospital and ill was because of my sin. I told him to leave my room and I never saw him again. The cheek, I thought. I never discussed this with my priest. But I'm glad Dr John has finally explained to me why these Bible thumpers do what they do.

Posted by JayVinVT at Sunday, 8 April 2007 at 7:25pm BST

The penal substitution interview was balanced and informative, the following interview about employment regulations less so. The man from the Christian Lawyers Federation was given a lot of time to explain his views, Colin Coward was not given enough air space to engage at all other than in soundbites. What a shame! Despite the constraints - well done Colin!

Posted by Erika Baker at Sunday, 8 April 2007 at 10:29pm BST


The suggestion that your sickness caused your sin unless meant in the context of
1. irresponsible behaviour clearly linked to an illness -e.g. drink driving leading to car crash injuries
2. the consequences of the fall on a fallen world meaning we all face sickness

If Jeffrey John made a link between those who teach sickness as a punishment for personal sin and penal substitutution then he was making a false link.

Posted by dave williams at Monday, 16 April 2007 at 5:31pm BST
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