The Bishop of Willesden thinks recent flooding was caused by society’s increasing acceptance of homosexuality. Being a) a bishop and b) clearly bonkers gets you coverage, and he was quite-rightly ripped to shreds and laughed at by anybody who reached the end of the article without throwing the newspaper across the room. Unless, that is, you’re the religious correspondent for The Times:
In our rational, spiritually sceptical world it is easy to laugh. Gratitude might be more in order.
For giving us yet another amusing tale of a bishop with the critical thinking powers of a nostril hair? Nope:
In any other walk of life, is there a scientist, a politician or even a media commentator with the courage to suggest that we might indeed be morally responsible for the chaotic weather systems disrupting our lives?
Well, no. Because it’s stupid. It’s nothing to do with courage. What a strange thing to say.
And if the bishops who believe in God don’t say it, who will?
Well, nobody. Because only somebody who believes that would say it, obviously. And nobody else thinks it. Because, as I mentioned, it’s stupid. I think giant lizards secretly rule the Earth. If I don’t say it, who will? Everything needs to be said!
All right, maybe she’s being sarcastic. Or making some confused point about global warming. Except, in the same article:
[The Bishop says:] “There is a view that both oral and anal sexual practice is liable to allow entry to spirits.” It is important to note here that the Bishop is not equating destructive spirits in everyday life with full demonic possession. Trained exorcists are, in fact, far more careful about diagnosing possession than most.
Obviously. What kind of muppet would think destructive spirits are the same as demons? Duh.
Part of his calling is to speak out, to “prophesy”, another of the “gifts of the Spirit”. Bishop Dow will know of prophets vilified in their own time and their own lands. But even only as myth, we ignore the lessons of the Bible at our peril. Much of what the prophets predicted came true.
That’s a good point. This also happened in Battlestar Galactica. We should not ignore the lessons of Battlestar Galactica. Prepare for the cylon rebellion now. They have a plan.
What started out as a misguided defence of raving gobbledygook under the banner of ‘it’s brave to say what you believe’ seems to end up hinting he might have a point. It must be really easy to get jobs at national newspapers.
(Sorry about the title. Couldn’t resist.)