Rev Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey

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12 thoughts on “Rev Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey

  1. It is possible that there is some kind of vast elusive mind that designed and built the universe. Who designed and built this mind is a question that we are not supposed to ask. The God of Christianity, or indeed any other religion is nothing like this concept at all. Theists dishonestly pretend that it is.

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  2. Sorry to ask but, regarding the inability of Chrome to play Rev Peter’s snippets (from a month or two ago), my MS Edge has worked fine until… an update left it snippet-disabled i.e. the recording is greyed out.
    Can someone remind me if there was a solution to this or must I wait for the Beeb to upload recordings to its TFTD page.
    This would leave me a day or two behind the rest of the world – not for the 1st time 🙂

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    1. The trick is to get the browser to accept mixed security content – preferably just for this url. I don’t use Windows so can’t help with this, but I’m sure a well known search engine will have the answer. If you figure it out, could you post the answer here please?

      In Chrome you had to click on the security badge on the url bar.

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      1. Just tried it on my other half’s laptop.

        1. Click on the padlock in the address bar.
        2. Select site permissions.
        3. On the right hand side, scroll down until “insecure content” appears.
        4. Select allow.

        When you refresh the blog page, the media file should no longer be greyed out.

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      2. Many thanks, Rev Peter. I can’t see a padlock so went to ‘settings’ to find ‘site permissions’ / ‘insecure content’. It’s working now.
        I pressed play but had forgotten my external speaker was behind me – it was like Boris Karloff had crept up behind me!
        Thanks again, DD

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  3. @Stonyground

    As always, Douglas Adams had a view on this topic 🙂

    “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

    His early death was a sad loss for cynics with a particular sense of humour – some of his single sentences are as insightful as a whole TFTD’s 3 minutes of waffle.

    “The God of Christianity, or indeed any other religion is nothing like this concept at all. Theists dishonestly pretend that it is.”

    Indeed.

    If humans are made ‘in the image of god’ and ‘god breathed life into…’ this poses many awkward questions:

    What does the IMF breathe?
    What does it eat?
    (somewhat indelicately) what and where does it excrete?

    etc.

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  4. The early parts of the Bible have been attributed by scholars to four main writers. These are referred to as the Deutronomist, Elowist, Priestly and Yahwist. The Elowist is the one credited with the ‘Let us make man in our own image’ quote. The Elohim were a pantheon of male and female deities of which El was the chief. Not the same as YHWH the Jewish god that was later adopted by the Christians and later still the Muslims. Referring to man being made in the image of God misses out these rather important details.

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  5. And somewhat more indelicately, but truthfully… god c**ps all over us. God has befouled humanity ever since men first invented god.

    The above is not true of course. But this is.
    Ever since men came up with the concept of god, men have c***ped over each other and especially over women with the assurance of divine authority.

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  6. She ended by asserting that ‘change comes from the imagination and love of our soul’. I heard the last two words as something completely different the first time round.

    But honestly, what a delivery! Has she adopted that irritating, whining lilt so that people will stop paying attention to the incoherence of what she’s saying? She is apparently the daughter of Melvyn Bragg, who has his own faults but can at least put forward an argument that is based on reality.

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  7. With that pseudo-hypnotherapist delivery and faintly creepy cadence, it seemed she was trying to persuade the listener via psychological techniques, such as those you might associate with a cult, rather than the actual content of her words.

    Which, from looking at her “qualifications”, makes perfect sense.

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  8. Her website says “Marie-Elsa studied Jewish Mysticism, Midrash and Jewish festivals at Leo Baeck Rabbinical College, Karl Barth and systematic doctrine at Kings college, London University, Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. Later, she did an MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia.”
    After listening to this three minutes of tedium, I humbly suggest that she should have studied the Prose Fiction course first, as it would surely have given her the ability to recognise that everything else she read in the myths of the bible were fiction and she could have stuck to being a fiction writer instead of a fiction believer.

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