Thursday, March 31, 2005

Telegraph | News | Snubbed television presenter calls Rowan Williams 'theologically opaque' and 'scared of schism' aft

Telegraph News Snubbed television presenter calls Rowan Williams 'theologically opaque' and 'scared of schism' aft:
"The two-hour Saturday-night special, called The New Ten Commandments, is presented by Snow and incorporates contributions from all of the major faith groups in the UK, including Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, the Most Rev Peter Smith, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, and Dr Indarjit Singh, the director of the UK Network of Sikh Organisations. Eventually the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, agreed to represent the Church of England on the programme, but Snow said that 'the real pitch was to get the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church' and that he was 'stunned' at Dr Williams's refusal. "

Only three of the original 10 - "Thou shalt not commit adultery", "Honour thy father and mother" and "Thou shalt not steal" - make it into the new set, which includes "Protect the environment", "Be true to yourself" and "Look after your health".

Ebon Musings: The New Ten Commandments: "For a chilling proof that the evil of religious fundamentalism is still alive and well in the Christian tradition today, one need go no further than the website which bills itself as the Society for the Practical Establishment and Perpetuation of the Ten Commandments, run by one Robert T. Lee. "

Salvation Army - War Cry 26 Feb 2005 p1: "New entries in the top ten commandments include 'Protect the environment' (backed by the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres) and 'Look after the vulnerable' (given the thumbs-up by Tony Benn).
Arguably most of the new commandments are versions of old ones, even if they weren't among the original ten.
One of the new kids on the blocks of stone is, in fact, one that appears in the Bible. 'Treat others as you would have them treat you' was promoted by Jesus as, in effect, the meaning of all the commandments and religious teachings (see Matthew 7:12).
Once when quizzed on the issue, Jesus gave his top two commandments (neither of which is directly from the ten).
He said: 'The most important one is this ... 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second most important commandment is this: 'Love your neighbour as you love yourself'' (Mark 12:29-31 Good News Bible).
The original Old Testament Ten Commandments and Jesus' own mini-list reveal a truth still suggested by the new collection: our relationship with God and our relationship with other people go together."

Salvation Army - War Cry 26 Feb 2005 p1

Guardian Unlimited Columnists God's constructive dismissal: "Four and a half of the original commandments remain intact: those relating to adultery, stealing, lying (which is a lot like 'bearing false witness', that's why it's a half), killing, and honouring your parents. Two of the new commandments - 'Live within your means' and 'Appreciate what you have' - are pretty much covered by the original injunction against coveting anything at all belonging to your neighbour, so they must have been introduced to save children having to look up the word 'covet' in a dictionary. I'm not sure that anyone could give a definitive answer on where God stands vis-a-vis dictionaries.

And the others range between the basically good-hearted - 'Never be violent', 'Do as you would be done by' - and the inane, bumper-sticker morality of 'Enjoy life!' and 'Everything in moderation'. The one fly in the ointment of God's omniscience is the new rule of 'Protect the environment'. It would have been a lot more helpful if he'd told us that before, but then, human nature being what it is, it probably wouldn't have made any difference"

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