I was polishing my shoes this morning - that fact alone shows how old I am - and my eyes, as is their wont during this activity, fell upon the words in an old copy of The Times newspaper I had spread out to protect the kitchen table from shoe-polish. Sometimes they would read a sentence or two here, other times scan a paragraph or so, but rarely take in a whole article, even though the words all seemed fresher and more engaging than when I had first read them several days ago. And then my eyes fell upon this letter, which had given me some amusement when I first noticed it:-
"The Times June 21, 2006:
Gender, sin and the Anglican Communion
Sir, We are told by some bishops that the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori to lead the US Episcopal Church shows the Holy Spirit in action and is theologically sound (reports, June 20). Others strongly dissent.
Many bishops find biblical support for their belief that homosexuality is an abomination. Others find same-sex love a gift from God. These days most bishops ignore the Bible’s recommendation that neighbours who work on the Sabbath should be put to death (Exodus xxxv, 2).
I wonder if the bishops would care to offer any criteria for correct biblical intepretations, gifts from God and how to spot the Holy Spirit in action. Or are the ways in which they reach their conflicting conclusions as mysterious as God’s?
Humanist Philosophers’ Group
London W1 "
Amusing though that letter is, it nevertheless raises some doubt in my mind as to Mr Cave's fitness to be a member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group since he has failed signally to appreciate that whilst it is an empiric fact that this god to whom these clerics refer does not exist, it is also an empiric fact that all clerics are deceivers of themselves and others. In other words, this god is simply a figment of their own psychopathology which they then adopt as a means to cope with their own inadequacy and to control others.
In a word, they are all liars!
However, whilst their antics do provide much amusement for those of us who are capable of thinking for ourselves and have the courage to face up to reality, it is a great pity that these vile clerics be allowed to poison the minds of those incapable of analytical thought or unwilling to accept reality.