9 thoughts on “Martin Wroe, Writer, Journalist, and oh yes incidentally, Assistant Vicar of St Luke’s Church, Islington

  1. Once again he was introduced as a ‘writer’, even though we know his only qualifications for being there are that he’s a) religious and b) can be relied upon to be bland and uncontroversial. A classic TftD in that, a bit like the weather forecast, it went in one ear and out the other whilst I went about my morning chores. His boring delivery didn’t help; no wonder he’s only an assistant vicar.


  2. What did he mean by ‘sport’? Wroe restricted himself to ‘jogging’ (but also equated that with international marathon running) rather than blood-and-guts team sports or the explosive moments of diving or weightlifting. Where’s his IMF in those sports?
    And what can he say if, as is often the case, a team contain members of various religions & none?
    Wroe seems to think that sporting activity should make us think of his IMF – he’s sadly mistaken, of course, but it’s also sad that he’s only able to hint at the possibility that his IMF might exist in the shadows or an unguarded moment. Maybe Wroe’s more of a deist but Christianity is the most obvious way to follow an IMF in the UK.


  3. When a sportsperson, such as a boxer or footballer, crosses themselves at the start of a match, I wonder what the hell they are thinking, especially when the opponents do the same thing. I mean, which side is god on? If god was on both sides then an endless string of draws would be the result. Unless of course god sums up across the whole team, all the sins committed that week and then guides the least sinful team to victory.


  4. I’ve long found that crossing themselves infuriating. It does in a sense though sum up organised religion. ” I want my God to favour me and my group over others,for no reason than that they are me and my group.”


  5. “Wroe seems to think that sporting activity should make us think of his IMF”.

    I can think of a different connection. We need more of a competitive element in religion, to liven up those dreary Sunday mornings. Sermonising against the clock, for instance, with points deducted for hesitation, repetition or deviation. Throwing the Wafer. Competitive Bell-ringing. Musical Pews. Chase the Choirboy. The possibilities are endless!

    PS: Martin Wroe once wrote a book called “Snogging: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Kissing”. Sadly it only rates 3/5 on Amazon


    1. “Chase the Choirboy” – splendid idea. Usain Bolt’s records would be threatened ‘cos those boys would run like the wind.
      What if representatives of all religions went to battle in a single room/stadium for only one to survive – the winner could then proclaim their IMF(s) as real. When none survive, we’d have our answer.


      1. I fear that the battle of religion has been tried a lot over the past 2000 years with, as yet, no conclusive outcome.


    2. “Competitive Bell-ringing”

      Already happens – there are bell ringing competitions!

      Bell ringing, though, is only fairly loosely related to religion. It’s more a folk art akin to something like morris dancing, and bell ringers are more likely to be found in the pub than going to a church service, especially in the case of the larger churches and cathedrals. It’s one of those don’t-ask-don’t-tell situations which the CofE does with all sorts of things, and a pretence is maintained that all bellringers are Christians although the fact that many of them rarely or never attend a church service would rather indicate otherwise…


  6. I had the same thought as those above, athletes crossing themselves and kissing crucifixes before their events just look like stupid superstitious idiots. Then the one who wins is looking up and pointing to the sky as if God made him win. Why bother to train then? Presumably because if you don’t, God makes you come last.


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