Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

Are you a leaver or remainer?

Christianity, whether catholic, orthodox, episcopalian, methodist, lutheran, calvinist, baptist… teaches us that we are all one.

3 thoughts on “Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

  1. “Identity politics is a bad thing – I’m uniquely qualified to tell you this as a ‘Reverend’ and devout card-carrying member of a specific sect of one religion amongst many, all of which are mutually contradictory and therefore mutually blasphemous. So, yes, identity politics is definitely a bad thing”.


  2. “My Christian faith will challenge me to remember that I am many things before I might be a Leaver or a Remainer”.

    I wonder if she really believes that. In truth, the last thing that Christianity does is allow people to be themselves. Even the wishy-washy liberal end of the CofE is pretty prescriptive about what its members can or cannot talk about, believe or profess. Try suggesting that Jesus never existed, even in St James’s Piccadilly, and see what sort of a reception you get. And of course most Christian denominations, and most other religions, have much stricter rules about what you can or cannot believe, say, do, wear or tolerate in others.

    If Lucy Winkett really is as open-minded and inclusive as she makes out, I suspect that is because she is that sort of person, not because of the doctrine of her faith. Indeed, that faith has prompted at least one of her fellow priests down a very different pathway:


  3. Agree with all said above. The danger in espousing a particular identity, particularly a religious or ideological one, is that it can, in certain circumstances, override natural feelings of compassion, empathy and tolerance. Christians, Muslims and others may insist that their particular beliefs encourage them to be charitable and humane, and certainly this may often be the case, but the reverse is also true. If we take a figure such as St Thomas More as an example, the evidence shows that he was a loving husband and father and a brave man who refused to be bullied by Henry V111 into giving up his allegiance to the Pope and the Catholic Church. This refusal eventually led to his execution. But his loyalty to his particular brand of Christianity also led him to denounce those who had a different take on the religion, and to encourage their being burnt alive for heresy.

    It may be worth repeating a well-known quote from Steven Weinberg here:

    “Good people tend to do good, evil people tend to do evil, but for a good person to do evil that takes religion.”


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