Last night’s Questiontime on BBC1 gave us that question – I have to say thanks to the gentleman who asked it 😉 Juilian Fellowes somewhat missed the point at first, but did recover later on, do watch him getting it wrong hehe!
I have to proclaim that I am an atheist, a latterday convert from the gentle Methodism of my family, but the treatment of Giles Fraser, by the ‘religulous’ committee that ‘run’ St Pauls Theme Park, has shown up today’s Anglican Christianity for the self righteous, pompous ‘Sadducees’* that they are. They have done the humanist and atheist cause a great service so tar very much mates!
As a ‘cultural christian’ I can see that today’s ‘religulous’ authorities have little connection with Jesus’ Gospel teachings which were, on the whole, pretty radical and socialist for their times.
The Jesus of the gospels would have ‘cast out’, not the protestors, BUT the ruling elite of the Cathedral and then re-instated Giles Fraser as the only one, of that disgraceful committee, who had got the point of his teachings 2000 years ago.
Once he had done that, Jesus would have invited the protestors in for a cup of tea and a biscuit, invited the TV news crews in, and given a sermon on the evils and irrelevance of hedge funds, self-serving bankers, short termist politicians and then told the protestors to occupy Canary Wharf tube station, while he set about disbanding the religions set up in his name, but not his message!
* I quote the “Catholic Encyclopedia on the Sadducees:- ” …during this period and down to the destruction of Jerusalem the Sadducees were naturally unpopular with the masses because of their marked tendency to side closely with the ruling power”. Basically they were the self perpetuating establishment health & safety committee of their day.