*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Quotes of the week

by
09 June 2023

istock

One of the children, if they happen to be somewhere with us and see me on the telly, they come up and pat me on the top of my head and say: “Dad, you think you’re important. I think you’re old and bald” . . . and you just feel 100 times better

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, in conversation with John Cleese, The Archbishop Interviews. . ., BBC Radio 4, 4 June

 

You can’t be funny about people who are perfect. We realised that in the first five minutes when we were writing the Life of Brian. There’s nothing funny about Jesus. What’s funny is our foibles, and our weaknesses and our faults. That’s what we laugh at

John Cleese, ibid.

 

It is going to be very important to see how those who, in conscience, cannot continue to walk alongside fellow Christians who bless gay marriages explain the degree to which they can walk alongside those [who] call for gay people to be imprisoned & killed

Marcus Walker, Rector of Great St Bartholomew’s, Smithfield, Twitter, 2 June

 

All religions claim special knowledge relating to the apocalypse or utopia, the end or a new beginning. What AI presents is a series of options that equate to a technological future beyond the present constraints of human imagining. Religions refer to this “beyondness” as the transcendent, the unseen influence on our lives and futures. AI may be regarded as a scientific development but it may also be a spiritual advancement of the like we have not experienced before

Larry Wright, priest, Letter, The Times, 6 June

 

Holly [Willoughby]’s short address . . . is the perfect set text to explain the merging of Instagram, daytime TV, and psychobabble into a new secular religion. Holly will lead our virtual congregation in a service of “healing”, “processing” and “being here”, but I could make my case in her first line. “Firstly, are you OK?” she asks the camera. Firstly, of course we are not OK. We’re watching daytime TV!

Helen Rumbelow, The Times, 5 June

 

We invite readers’ contributions. Quotations have to be from the past few days (or quoted therein), and we need author, source, and date. Please send promptly to: quotes@churchtimes.co.uk

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

@churchtimes

Thu 20 Apr @ 16:08
The Archbishop of Canterbury has received the specially commissioned King James Bible that will be presented to Kin… https://t.co/u8LMnSFcfV

Welcome to the Church Times

 

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)