Rowan’s Unclarity

February 14, 2008 at 10:31 am (Atheism, Media, Religion, Rowan Williams, Trivial) (, )

I was pleased to hear that Rowan Williams had decided to take responsibility for the unclarity of his words, but a couple of things did occur to me. Firstly, if the Archbishop has such trouble making himself understood then perhaps making public pronouncements isn’t really the sort of thing he should be doing (although Williams seems to think differently – apparently “neither the Archbishop nor his staff regard his speech as mistaken”). Secondly, if he’s going to start apologising for unclarity of words then maybe the bible would be a good place to start.

To take one example, how about homosexuality? Before Jesus, the prophets seemed to say it was generally a bad thing. Jesus himself didn’t seem to particularly care whether people did the chocolate cha-cha or not (and even if it was wrong would JC have denounced them for it? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that). Post-Jesus, Paul got a bit uppity about it and declared that gays couldn’t go to heaven. Who is right? Does Paul take precedence over Jesus because his words are more recent? Does the word of Jesus take precedence over Paul because Jesus is “God-made-mortal”? Of course, God himself told Moses that homosexuality was an abomination. It’s so confusing – perhaps we could have a new updated Bible, with all the contradictions deleted. It might look something like this:

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