Fearsomely Reverend James Jones, ex-Lord Bishop of Liverpool and Bishop of Prisons

Climate change: what we really need are some Prophets.

Rabbi Sacks told me not to mention Genesis, with all that fruitful multiplying and dominating the earth. He suggested one of the nice bits of Deuteronomy. Best not to mention all the “putting to death” bits though.



4 thoughts on “Fearsomely Reverend James Jones, ex-Lord Bishop of Liverpool and Bishop of Prisons

  1. Burbling on about how Christianity loves trees and especially fruit trees. Doesn’t quite square with Christ cursing a fig tree and supposedly causing it to be barren. (Are atheists the only ones who actually read the bible?)


  2. BUT I SAY that atheists are the only ones who read the bible and ignore all the bits about the supernatural.
    If you do that it reads as a few stories about how to act morally 2000 years ago in the NT and, in the OT/HS, similar stories but also a lot of rules, some of which are still applicable in the modern world but many of which are not.

    You shall not kill, Exodus 20:13 – I can agree with that as can all human societies as far as I can tell.

    But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, Exodus 20:10 – Are you serious, I’ve got a gate that needs fixing on Sunday and I don’t have a manservant to do it for me.

    So Christians and Jews and Muslims say there is a supernatural god looking after us BUT I SAY that there is no evidence for that. Whoopee, I’m a prophet.


  3. Not sure what the relevance of Jesus saying “But I say…” has to climate change. Those words are put into the character’s mouth to contrast what the priests were saying about the Law with what the Hebrew Scriptures actually stipulated. Jesus is made to say that the old laws must be fulfilled in every detail. It is not a radical message at all.

    And what, exactly, are more prophets going to bring to the discussion about climate change? There are enough scientific climate change models around to provide the politicians with the evidence on which to act, if they choose to do so. Maybe by the time of the next climate change conference there might be some action. But people going around wailing “Woe, woe and thrice woe!”, like Senna the Soothsayer in ‘Up Pompeii’, are no help at all.


  4. “We know the climate & trees are important because prophets knew all about the flat earth’s environment and the Amazonian rain forest and [er, struggling – if in doubt, mention…] Mr Jesus!
    “My late Jewish friend admitted that the unreliably-reported words of Mr Jesus meant that there was something magically different about this man… who might have said “suffer the children”, d’oh! – The End.”
    Shameless, preachy, IICSA-avoiding tosh.


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