Comments: 'Evangelicals call Williams a prostitute'

Well, there's one thing you can say for the "Very Reverend": _he's impossible to parody_. Who needs the Church, when you can have the Pharisees instead?

Anthony Howard is dead-on when he says (below) "No situation is ever surer to delight the outsider than the sight of those who purport to uphold standards of forgiveness and charity failing to live up to them."

[Off to listen to _Godspell_: "Alas, alas for you, lawyers and Pharisees: hypocrites that you be!"]

Posted by J. C. Fisher at Friday, 15 October 2004 at 5:37am BST

Journalism has always been long on sensationalism and short on close, accurate interpretation.

We need to distinguish between three things:
(1) Being accurately called a spiritual prostitute;
(2) Being accurately said to prostitute principles;
(3) Wishing to befriend prostitutes (as Jesus did).

(3) is something all Christians would approve.
(2) does not necessarily imply (1), since (2) is not the prostitution of oneself but only of the principles one should hold. Often, however, there is little difference.
Both (1) and (2) are things that no Christian should wish to run the risk of.

Posted by Dr Christopher Shell at Monday, 18 October 2004 at 2:23pm BST