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, Winston Churchill built a wall.

Yes, that’s right, it’s exactly like Good Friday! I wasn’t going to mention Good…

8 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. Yet another instance when, instead of a religious perspective on a story or person in the news, the contributor’s religious observances become the news. Sorry, Bishop, but Good Friday is not news; we all know the story, we can all tell you how it turns out.

    Again, there was no shortage of choice if Baines had done his job properly – there’s still a lot of fall out over the report on racism, there are problems with over-excited people causing problems coming out of lockdown, plus disturbing killings of civilians in Africa. But Baines chose to pretend he was doing a religious programme instead, like an extension of Prayer for the Day.

    I wondered, though, whilst the Bishop and his kind are contemplating their wooden crosses today whether they might wrestle with (a) why the collected accounts of the supposed events surrounding the crucifixion are so very different and contradictory (who to believe?), and (b) what to make of one in particular – the account in ‘Matthew’ of an earthquake coinciding with Jesus’s death, rocks being thrown around, graves opening and bodies coming back to life. These details are in the text, but I’ve never heard any religious commentator expand on the significance, importance, or otherwise of these curious happenings.


    1. One answer would be that the crucifixion was originally conceived of as a celestial event, committed upon the IMF’s spiritual envoy by the evil spirits that were thought to rule the world. This is one interpretation of the half-dozen ‘genuine’ epistles of Paul, which preceded the earliest Gospel (‘Mark’) by maybe 20 years. On this reading, ‘Mark’ made up all the extraneous details to fit his own theological agenda, and the other two synoptics altered and added to them to fit theirs.

      But you’ll never find any religious commentators admitting to anything along these lines, or even prepared to consider the possibilities, because it’s more than their careers would be worth.


  2. Bricklaying is done in silence? So we can take it he’s never been on, nor lived adjacent to, a building site.


  3. “Refuse to give in to easy answers” and “…let their imaginations run while the questions are fed by the mystery of meaning.”
    Easy answers are another term for lies made up when you don’t understand something which is a religious principle. And if you think life is a mystery of meaning you can sit looking at a cross and let your imagination run riot with made up stories otherwise known as your BBoMS.
    I prefer the imagination shown in the questions from the Daily Mash author.


  4. “…refuse to give in to easy answers”.

    Indeed, the answer is easy: and it’s that all the questions posed by Baines’s piety simply melt away when its narrative isn’t given the automatic deference of being presumed to be true.

    How revealing that professional Christians like Baines not only push back against this so much, but proclaim virtue because of it.

    Fewer and fewer are buying it.


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