Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Priest at St John the Evangelist, Welwyn Garden City

The Invisible Magic Friend has given us Feb 29th as an extra day today. But what is time? The Big Book of Magic Stuff explains it all.

8 thoughts on “Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Priest at St John the Evangelist, Welwyn Garden City

  1. Rob quotes Matthew telling us to take no heed for tomorrow in a TftD written err, the day before. Not the most sensible piece of cherry picking.

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    1. It made Douglas Adams’s “Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so” seem actually profound (rather than the parody it was meant to be).

      You’d think a perfect IMF who made the world could have arranged an orbit which was an integer number of days long so we wouldn’t need* adjustments.

      *never been entirely convinced of this – the precession of the equinoxes is much, much slower and thus on a longer time frame than most human activities.

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  2. I’m four weeks from retirement. If I had gone in for that ‘take no thought for the morrow’ crap I would still have over four years to go. My take on the NT is that the moral guidelines within are either obvious, evil or impractical to the point of absurdity. Damn glad not to be a Christian really.

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  3. What a load of misleading nonsense. The Romans in Julius Caesar’s time knew all about the year being off by about one day every four years, and introduced the equivalent of Feb 29 to correct the error. This failed to take account of the extra few minutes that the calendar was still out by. Over the next 1500 years or so the discrepancy added up to around 11 days.

    Pope Gregory and his mob didn’t ‘know’ what the problem was. All they knew was that Easter was drifting further away from the equinox. As usual, it took scientists and mathematicians to work out what was going on and how to fix it: a year divisible by 100 isn’t a leap year unless it’s also divisible by 400.

    We haven’t been ‘granted’ an extra day. There are exactly as many as there would have been without Feb 29. All that’s happened is that one set of experts found a practical solution to a minor error overlooked by an earlier set of experts. That’s how science works. Theology hadn’t a clue, and still hasn’t.

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