Rev Dr Giles Fraser, St Mary’s Newington

The statue of the Bristol slave trader, Edward Colston, has been toppled and tossed into the sea. Rather than discuss the rights and wrongs of honouring a man who enslaved 100,000 people, branded them with his company logo, dumped 20,000 of their dead bodies in the ocean and made a fortune in the process, I’d like to address the much more important theological point of statues of the Invisible Magic Friend.

The Invisible Magic Friend used to live up in a mountain and got upset about statues of him. You can’t make statues of the Invisible Magic Friend because he’s ineffable and invisible and lives up a mountain. You must be really thick to think you can make a statue of an Invisible Magic Friend that lives up a mountain.

And this is where the history of western critical thought comes from.