Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, Christians opposed Hitler. Although several million Christians came to an alternative theological conclusion. This proves that Christians need to poke their noses into everything, and explain why what you are doing is wrong because the Invisible Magic Friend says so.

In these days of the Invisible Magic Friend’s holy virus, this is even more important.

7 thoughts on “Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

  1. At the heart of ever Christian narrative is incarnation, god committing himself to the world in all its chances…

    2000 years! What sort of commitment is 33 years of being here followed by 2000 years of not?

    This was cherry-picking of the highest order. There is so much in the Christian history on the negative side of their involvement in politics, even in the exact period he was referring to. At the very least, an honest narrative would mention this. But this was not an honest narrative. It was a wilful piece of whitewashing.

    The concept of Lying for Jesus is widely pointed out these days, but it still grates. Given the extraordinary privilege of an unquestioned national platform, it is disgraceful that self-appointed moral guardians use it to lie and mislead.


    1. Indeed, Steve. Maybe I should reassess my failure to learn the guitar (for all of 5 minutes in the 70s) – it was actually a triumph of commitment.
      Imagine if the resurrected JC, rather than disappearing from reliable history, had been committed enough to still be alive today. How could any genocide happen if everyone knew that a caring IMF existed?
      Baines is called to continue the work which Mr Jesus. He should pat himself on the back for showing greater commitment than his IMF.


  2. Nicholas Baines assures us that a number of things are becoming resurgent during these troubled times: morality, fear, hope, love and faith. (Morality? How’s that been measured, then?)

    One of those things is not like the others. And indeed the latest figures show that religious faith continues to dwindle. According to The Times, the CofE’s ‘worshipping community’, those who attend services at least once a month, has fallen to 1.11m, 1.9% of the population, the lowest ever. And yet Baines and his colleagues continue to claim unearned privileges for what is now a tiny, unrepresentative sect, and insist on trying to force-feed young children with its dogmas. Fortunately, as the figures suggest, they are failing badly.


  3. Look no further than the USA to see how poisonous christian prejudices are being used to rob ordinary people of their health insurance rights, ACA, and women of their rights to control their own bodies, Roe v Wade. Trump has set his ugly face to ramming Amy Coney Barratt, a rabid catholic anti abortionist, into the SCOTUS because that will guarantee reversal of the enormous advances made by his predecessor. This is what christians enable and what christians do. If you are a christian, especially a catholic one, BE ASHAMED, BE VERY ASHAMED.


  4. “There is the possibility of the “Solidality of the Shaken” as we recognise the fragility of life and the common need for human interdependence.”

    This isn’t a thought from a faith perspective. Theologians are more likely to worry about what is written in their Books of Magic Spells than apply reason to how life is lived well given present circumstances.

    “Those who complain when religious leaders get involved in politics often assume that faith takes us out, rather than commits us to, the real world.”

    Why wouldn’t we after 2000 years of Christianity trying to fit itself into the gaps that scientific knowledge have brought to their stories and supernatural hubris?


  5. Yesterday we had the Catholicism-‘inspired’ angels-and-pinheads theological gibberish which partly served as a “Look! A squirrel…!!” argument in the wake of current and ongoing child abuse scandals within the largest sects of Christianity – this was simply Anglicanism’s version. Good to know your priorities, Mr Baines.


    1. Two down from the C of E and still no “Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news” since the the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) C of E report.
      “Perhaps we will just sweep that one under the rug while the population is thinking about Covid and the US election” says the C of E PR department – allegedly.


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