Hannah Malcolm, project co-ordinator at God and the Big Bang, 2019 Theology Slam winner

God’s Holy Virus continues to keep Church attendance limited. Oh what grief I continue to suffer by not worshipping in public and showing everyone else how devout I am!

4 thoughts on “Hannah Malcolm, project co-ordinator at God and the Big Bang, 2019 Theology Slam winner

  1. For an Invisible Magic Friend which is supposedly everywhere, its magical powers seem to be restricted to buildings where people (who believe in its magical powers) gather. I’d expect more from that type of IMF.
    And it’s strange that a believer complains about restricted freedom & required practices in the outside world when they go to a place where, er, restricted freedom & required practices are celebrated.
    Maybe it’s a failure of her imagination but I’m sure Hannah could see that a series of acts (e.g. donning a face mask, using hand gel & queuing outside shops) could easily become religious ritual. Admittedly I don’t see how drinking human blood in public could be explained away but maybe muttering a few words over a tin of pop would suffice.

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  2. The BBC continues to give air time to a well financed bunch of pathologically dishonest antiscience fundamentalist christian evangelical bigots who dont have the guts to just stand behind their creationist beliefs but instead endeavour smuggle them into the classroom to befoul the minds of children. Their beliefs are absurd and their speciously disingenuous method for promoting them hi-jack the very thing that has comprehensively and irreconcilably undermines them. Shame on the BBC. And shame on them for their squalid behaviour. This is what christianity has been reduced to … a desperate but ultimately futile struggle to survive the unstoppable onslaught of scientific evidence that has buried christianity in the graveyard of very bad ideas.

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    1. All too true. But I notice that TftD have stopped calling Hannah Malcolm ‘Coordinator of the GatBB Project’ and now tell us that she is an ordinand and theology student at Durham. This must mean that she’s moved on from the Project, and hopefully it will stop getting free publicity on the BBC.

      One positive side-effect of the pandemic is that it has stopped evangelical groups like this muscling their way into schools. With any luck this exclusion will remain permanent.

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  3. Hannah Malcolm tells us how much she misses the Eucharist. On her personal blog she adds that she managed to tell us this without crying. Such an incontinent attachment to this bit of mumbo-jumbo is surely unusual, even among the very pious.

    The original version of the Eucharist yarn is probably the one in Corinthians, where Jesus simply issues instructions to the world in general about eating his flesh and drinking his blood (actually quite a disgusting concept, when you think about it). Many scholars believe that ‘Mark’ copied this passage when compiling his Gospel, and made up all the extra details (Passover, the Last Supper, the upper room, the presence of the disciples, etc) to give it a bit of local colour. That’s what usually happens when human authors try to turn a cosmic myth into a flesh-and-blood tale.

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