Wednesday, 27 July 2011

John Stott RIP

Not really my brand of Christianity (though I was much closer to it once upon a time), nevertheless the Evangelical world has lost a great leader.

May he rest in peace.

I thought this was funny...

It took me a few moments to get it...


I know "Twitter" is old news, but I have only just got around to it... Its all very exciting, though so far I only have a grand total of three "followers"... which is even worse than my blog average these days. (Once in my previous blog incarnation I got 500 views in one 24 hour period... oh the glory days!)

It does feel a bit pathetic writing tweets when only 3 people will read them... and one of those three is "The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham"... and I'm not sure that even counts.

So if you do twitter please consider humouring me and follow my tweets... I've made it really easy by adding a link on the right of this page.

I'll be honest, I still haven't really "got" what Twitter is all about... can anyone help me?

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Life of Muhammad

I have just watched the second episode of the BBC's "The Life of Muhammad". This episode included the (in)famous episode in the "prophet's" life where he partakes in the slaughter of a whole Jewish tribe after they had surrendered. Rageh Omaar (the presenter) admitted that to modern ears the event seems barbaric; however, (he assured us), by the standards of the time this sort of behaviour was common.

Ah well that's OK then, Muhammad is no worse than any other minor brutal warlord of the time, so we can all rest easy...

The problem is of course that Muhammad isn't just "another" ancient historical figure... like Genghis Khan. Rather he is the one that well over a billion of the world's population revere as the ideal model for humanity for all time. We are not meant to compare Muhammad to other ancient warlords, compared to whom he may well simply be a man of his times. Rather we are meant to compare him to the great religious figures of history, against whom he doesn't stand up at all well. Can anyone imagine Jesus or Buddha being involved in such brutality... not really.

It isn't good enough to excuse Muhammad's brutality as being "of his time", while at the same time holding him up as the final messenger of God, and the perfect model for believers of all time. I'm intrigued to know how the BBC will get around the child bride issue in the next episode...