Monday, 8 November 2010

Making Up Religion

Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, one of the five Bishops who are leaving the Church of England to become Catholics spoke on BBC Radio this morning, saying:
"It's about whether the Church of England, as it's always claimed to be, is faithful to the undivided Church of the first thousand years and faithful to its faith and orders - or whether it feels it can make things up and change things as it goes.
"And, increasingly, over the last few years, it has acted as though it is autonomous in these matters and can make things up as it goes and women bishops is simply the latest example of that."

He doesn't seem to register any irony in his failure to realise that Christianity was all "Made Up" in the first place, mainly by Paul of Tarsus and his friends in the first century. The fact that he wants to go back to the teachings of the mediaeval church as they were in the first millennium is even more baffling. Back to the Dark Ages! Back to a geocentric universe surrounded by spheres of angels. Back to feudalism and divine right of Kings. Back to serfdom and slavery. Can he really mean that?


  1. Graham Martin-Royle8 November 2010 at 22:16

    Of course he means it. These idiots hate the modern age where they can be questioned and ridiculed. They want to go back to an earlier time when what ever they said, how ever stupid it may have been, was treated with the utmost respect and they could do what ever they liked, safe in the knowledge that no one would dare say a word against them.
    As for being "made up", doesn't this fool recognise that all religions are "made up"? Silly me, of course he doesn't, he closed off the questioning and inquiring part of his mind long ago, if he hadn't he would have run the risk of losing his religion instead of his mind.

  2. According to The Freethinker our local bishop Wallace Benn thinks it means war in the church.