Comments: weekend columns

I would refer all the writers and their readers to the book of Jonah. This book, along with the book of Job and Jesus' own legacy are amongst the most confounding of all the holy sciptures.

Yet, Jonah provides the key to both the historical texts and our current circumstances.

If your faith and belief is based upon what you can build and see in this reality, then it can be swept aside by God's will. But if your actions are based on what is best for God (and thus humanity), irregardless of what you can see will be left in this world, then it has a hope of survival, even if its legacy is lost.

Better to be Jonah who left a foot print of one, than Rehoboam whose legacy was a diminuition of his father's inheritance based on the smallness of his own heart and reliance on the opinions of greedy sypcophants.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Saturday, 7 July 2007 at 12:46pm BST

Giles Fraser's article should be a wake up call to anybody thinks that they are all knowing about our Creator and smugly wish to correct the world with their beliefs.

Not only can they create bombs to kill the innocent, they can teach impressionable, sensitive and often desperate minds to commit crimes in a thinly disguised veil of utter hatred.

It isn't a conflict of heretics verses schismatics, it is war of fundamental extremists (did I say fundamentalists?) vs. a greater faith community that is continually searching and listening for God.

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Saturday, 7 July 2007 at 1:26pm BST

Lord, I love You, save me from Your followers!

Posted by Ford Elms at Saturday, 7 July 2007 at 3:21pm BST

Just chatting to a chap at the church today on Colin Slee's article (he saw it in the paper version) and both of us respon with approval.

By the way, I notice that David Virtue (not quite a weekend column) reckons 300 bishops might attend a Not The Lambeth Conference Conference:

I don't know about the numbers but an alternative gathering, which must launch a schism surely, is a logicl outcome with invitations to the real one as they are.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 7 July 2007 at 3:57pm BST

Good column by Giles Fraser; always enjoy him where ever he hangs his writer's cap.

"[A] more open reflection upon our less flattering motivations" -

It is significant that a rector of one of the largest Episcopal parishes in the US - Ed Bacon at All Saints, Pasadena, California - has called for the Justice Department to investigate impeachment of the vice president in a sermon last Sunday.

From All Saints media alert - (scroll down to click to watch the entire sermon on Google video)

Or read it here -

Posted by JayVosinVermont at Sunday, 8 July 2007 at 11:36am BST
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