Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 5 January 2019

Fergus Butler-Gallie Archbishop Cranmer Ding-Dong Merrily Online: what can the bust-up over Greggs vegan sausage roll tell us about the Nativity?

Richard Beck Experimental Theology Everyone Already Knows All the Answers

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church 2018 Safeguarding and looking to 2019 and beyond.

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Having read Fergus Butler-Gallie’s “A Field Guide to the English Clergy” after Christmas, I’m becoming a bit of a fan. He has a style sometimes reminiscent of Woodhouse (P.G. that is, not Barbara).

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Oh a wonderful book – given to me by friends who said they’d only bought it for me on condition that they could have it when I’d finished. The piratical Archbishop of York (not the present one, I understand) sticks in my mind. But the occasional (flawed) saint among them gave some hope….

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Wodehouse

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Great little piece by Richard Beck. I also see he’s just started blogging through Dante’s Divine Comedy on Fridays. Since that’s my favourite book, I’m really looking forward to it.

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Fergus Butler-Gallie’s reference to ‘Ave verum corpus’ in his piece about Greggs’ sausage rolls could have been taken a little further, I feel. Isn’t a piece of flesh (2017 Greggs’ Christmas ad) and something approximating to flesh (2018 Greggs’ Christmas ad) wrapped in a blanket of pastry just another take on the edible iconography that is a well-established (and undisputed) part of the Christmas landscape in much of the rest of Europe? There is the Belgian Cougnou (a sweet brioche shaped like a baby in swaddling cloths) and the German Stolen (marsipan wrapped in fruit bread doing a similar symbolic… Read more »