Comments: Weekend opinion

What an important article from Dr Rattigan the psychoanalyst. What a vital article from Bernard Ratigan the devout RC Christian.

Gives me a little hope.

Posted by Treebeard at Saturday, 9 August 2008 at 7:07pm BST

Thacker's insight is brilliant "The problem with Dawkins, though, is that he fails in his task because he seems unable to prevent himself from argumentative overreach."

Same principle often applies to legalistic puritans.

I liked Tom Frame's suggestions. The bible is redolent with imagery calling on the priests to love and care for the sheep, including seeking out the lost. It is also firmly against abuse of the sheep, building high mounds and being prepared to sacrifice children.

When Jesus asked the disciples if they loved him, he called on them to demonstrate that love by nurturing the flocks.

Jesus was annointed as guardian of this entire planet, that means nurturing both the sheep and the goats. With either stripes or spots: black or white or other. Priests can not claim that Jesus is responsible and the saviour of this entire planet when they seek to deny grace and nurturing to elements. In with-holding grace, they demonstrate they worship a god who is only concerned about some of the planet's occupants, which diminishes Jesus to some selfish soul who is only concerned about souls who flatter him and pander to his ego.

Posted by Cheryl Va. at Saturday, 9 August 2008 at 11:41pm BST

Thank you, Simon, for giving us access to Dr. Rattigan's insightful article on this thread.
Now, surely, while our Bishops are gathering their wits after Lambeth, is the right time for articlesxlike this to assist in their engagement with the latest scientific knowledge about the amazing diversity of our human sexual responses.

This should help to bring reason into the traditional Anglican thesis of the need for the theological bases of our faith: Scripture, Tradition and Reason. From 'Sola Scriptura', and a renewed idea of Tradition, we need to explore, at least, the eminently reasonable revelations of the world of scientific discovery.

God did not cease to teach us with the publication of the King James Bible. The Holy Spirit (Who may have arranged for many of the Global South Bishops from being at Lambeth, because of their entrapment in a bygone age of the Flat Earth policy) has promised, in Christ, to be with us until the end of time. Who knows what the Spirit has yet to 'Say to the Church'?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 10 August 2008 at 3:50am BST
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