Anglican Samizdat

January 27, 2009

Rapping Richard

Filed under: Daft — David Jenkins @ 8:17 pm

Richard Dawkins in a rare coherent moment:

The angst of basketball

Filed under: Christianity — David Jenkins @ 9:35 am

From the National Post

Would Jesus run up the score?

100-0 win raises an ethical firestorm for Christian school

“It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honourable approach to competition,” Mr. Queal wrote in a note posted on the school’s Web site, just over a week after the Jan. 13 game. “The school and its representatives in no way support or condone the running up of a score against any team in any sport for any reason.”

The answer to whether Jesus would run up the score is clearly, no, because he would not play girls’ basketball in the first place.

The deeper theological question here is, is sport – which is a win-at-all-costs activity and inevitably brings out the most unsportsmanlike behaviour in all participants – an appropriate activity for a Christian? Or sensitive young ladies?  Or big ugly Welsh rugby players?

Or philosophers?


January 26, 2009

Sister Josephine

Filed under: Humour — David Jenkins @ 5:38 pm

I have a dear friend who is a retired nun. I’ve just finished reading her recently published autobiography, a fascinating volume that in no way reminded me of Sister Josephine; but here it is anyway:

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