Comments: opinion columns at the weekend

Well done Giles Fraser for pointing out that Auntie has an obligation to protect society.

Both Rocker and Sacks' articles were insightful.

The opening paragraph of Howse’s article led to much chuckles "There is a strange triangle of forces between God, Richard Dawkins and his opponents. It is an unsymmetrical triangle, in that, although his opponents seem to hate Professor Dawkins and Professor Dawkins certainly hates God, God does not hate Professor Dawkins. That seems to stir the professor to ever greater efforts."

I have to say that I love Richard Dawkins. I love his meme model, it explains a paradigm takes off for no rational reason. Jesus against the Romans, Moses against the Pharoah, even David against Goliath, all with bitter sweet endings as none ended up living "happily ever after".

The other thing about Richard Dawkins is he demonstrates what is wrong with sloppy theology - he takes the worst examples and generalises that to represent the lot.

Which brings me back to Sacks and Howses' articles. There has been a paradigm that God cared only about "the" chosen people, and everyone else could go swing. Jesus started out his disciples’ ministries sending them only to the Israelites, and was surprised that the Gentiles responded. What Jesus (and others since) had failed to recognise is that God, through the Daughter of Zion, always intended healing for ALL of humanity. She had thrown her lot in behind Jesus, which is why the Gentiles responded so enthusiastically.

The other lesson is that the Jubilee Year was never intended only for Jews. Imagine if the Jubilee Year had been fairly implemented over the last few millenium. A clever Jew swindles a neighbor out of their estate, forty years later the Jubilee Year comes and they have to give it back. Two years time the Jew's grandson tries to enter into the same contract with the neighbor's grandson. "Hey, I'm not falling for that one", replies the grandson, "my family lost their estate for forty years last time your family tried that deal".

The Jews lose out in terms of being able to out-manipulate their neighbors. But there is peace, because their neighbors learn to think like Jews and not take advantage of each other or their neighbor. Plus the Jews look beyond this world to seeing that how much they "own" or victories in this world are really immaterial.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Saturday, 8 September 2007 at 9:35am BST

“I find it hard to believe”, he wrote, “that any person of Christian feeling or even civilized instincts can wish to inflict the sort of insult that would be involved in using our churches and our services for carrying out what is in our conviction only an act of sexual vice.”

And how soon will all the anti-gay huffing and puffing sound just as silly? This was a delightful piece to read - anything that makes me laugh out loud gets kudos!

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Saturday, 8 September 2007 at 7:21pm BST

Hmm, somewhere Onan smiles... or cries. I'm not really sure which.

Posted by dave paisley at Sunday, 9 September 2007 at 8:22am BST

ABC Cranmer's faked justification for Henry VIIIths divorce from Queen Catherine looms...

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Sunday, 9 September 2007 at 2:04pm BST
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