Holy Crap

Here I was, checking the my webcomics today, minding my own business, when suddenly it leapt out at me – a religious position, held by the archbishop of Canterbury, that doesn’t suck.

I’m as shocked as you are.

But Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams, if that is the way you structure his title, has come out and stated that a part of the reason why the church is opposing same-sex marriage is because a lot of christians are wrestling with such feelings themselves, and they need to get their heads in the game and think more clearly about it.

[Checks Guardian to see if Telegraph is bending facts to make Williams seem more OK. The Guardian provides some important context.]

He also says that the church has made itself look silly (paraphrasing) by opposing women bishops and getting high profile involvement in gender politics, and admits that he’s “quite conscious too of the fact that people think that I’m weird and we’re weird.” Hell, he was speaking at an event for Christian teenagers called “Help, my friends think I’m mad”.

Yes, I do think you’re mad. I think you all are. BUT taking rational positions like “we need to get over our disgust over homosexuality” is a great way to cover for that madness.

Not sure how much my opinions have changed about the church; any church. But credit where credit’s due, I guess.

BTW, the offending webcomic is here. YAY JESUS AND MO!

Yuck!

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Posted on June 27, 2012, in Atheism & Skepticism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m not at all shocked to hear Rowan Williams say this. He was well known for his positive views on homsexuality before he became Archbishop of Canterbury, and now that he’s leaving to pursue what he did before, academic theology, expect to hear more of the same. Except that perhaps now that he’s been Archbishop more people will know about it in future than before he became Archbishop.

  2. After a couple of minutes, I’ve realised what’s sad about that – that a person in the church can be “well known” for having positive views on homosexuality.

    His views themselves don’t seem to be particularly revolutionary or progressive, beyond “maybe we need to rethink whether or not we want to be homophobic or block the rights of gay people”. If a person can be well known for having such tame views, what does that say about the rest of the church?

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