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The Archbishop of Canterbury is a Beatle

December 23, 2008

I hope the religious among my readers will forgive me for saying it, especially given the season it is and all, but this is one of the stupidest things I’ve read for a long time.

What does this mean?

Whether we realise it or not, the reason we are shocked by the mass killings under Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot, by the indifference of a Mugabe to raging poverty and epidemic, is because this story has made a difference to how our civilisation thinks about universal human dignity.

No it isn’t.  We’re horrified because they were exceptionally accomplished at killing people in very large numbers and feeling pretty good about it.

Colour me not.  This article is morally, intellectually and (dare I say it) theologically incomprehensible.

One thing’s for sure – when I do my deathbed conversion, it won’t be to the Anglican faith.

This priest gives religion a bad name.

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One comment

  1. What hypocrisy. The leaderships of Christian churches in Europe weren’t very shocked at Hitlerism or oppositional to it and were at least partly complicit in the Holocaust.

    And the notion that prior to Christianity all human societies were primitively dismissive of human life and dignity is anthropologically and historically false if not ludicrous.



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