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

Happy Easter everyone!

Jesus temporarily dying is exactly the same as the Invisible Magic Friend’s Holy Virus. You’ll forget about both of them one day.


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

  1. Other capacities to forget that he could have mentioned are the differences in the 4 gospel’s truths. Cut to Oprah mouthing “Wow”.
    Or the writers of the bible forgetting to include anything that god told them about the great scientific discoveries to come, such as a triple heart bypass. Thank you god for discovering that could be done. Hallelujah for the vaccine. Praise Jesus for antibiotics. Oh, I seem to have forgotten that all these things have nothing to do with the supernatural.


  2. The Archbishop of Cant all over TV and Radio yesterday, in his special Easter dress, once again with no attempt to explain his god-creature’s plan for the virus. If the head sky-pilot can’t be bothered to whip up some kind of explanation that connects his all-powerful ‘god’ to the holy virus then what use is he?


    1. Graham, re the religious being unwilling/unable to explain the Holy Virus, the phrase ‘god knows’ springs to mind.
      I guess the phrase’s original meaning was that some kind of IMF knows an answer but, nowadays, it seems to discard the IMF to simply mean nobody knows. Our language seems to progress faster than our attitudes.


      1. As a schoolboy back in the 1960s the Head Teacher announced this morning’s hymn “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform”, at which I distinctly heard the Head of English whisper “Too darn right he does”. My favourite teacher, for that and many other reasons.


  3. So, if we butter-up the Almighty sufficiently, he will deign to ‘forget’ our iniquities. Presumably, he’s already forgotten that he set humankind up to commit those iniquities in the first place.


  4. I don’t remember being taught the bit about the IMF just ‘forgetting’ our manifold sins and wickednesses. We didn’t get away as lightly as that when I were a lad. We had to say how sorry we were and beg that we might be forgiven; and there was always the latent threat that, if we didn’t mend our ways, the naughty things we thought we’d already apologised for would be brought up and held against us again. Talk about an abusive family relationship!

    @Graham (above), your comment about moving in mysterious ways reminded me of this: https://friarminor.blogspot.com/2009/09/monty-pythons-report-card-for-god.html


  5. There is something in what Jones says this morning; but I’ve always taken it as a natural reaction and defence. When we undergo traumatic events and experiences it is difficult to live with the mental scarring; after all, this is what we now know as P.T.S.D., and treat in the appropriate way. With time, much of the most disturbing memory and reaction to it will fade; though some carry the effects for longer, even a lifetime. It is possible to move on and ‘forget’ things from the past, and often important that we do, in order to (as they say) move on.

    It’s harder to apply the notion to an unchanging, ever true religion, though. James’s church has discovered this in recent decades. Looking at the African churches today we largely see a very objectionable and conservative form of Christianity preached and practiced. But it is not the Africans who have moved away from tradition, it is the Anglican Church in the UK that has become more liberal. Opprobrium has regularly been poured upon the African Bishops at Lambeth Conferences for many years now; because of their opposition to women’s ordination, greater tolerance of homosexuality etc etc. But the Africans have said they were just sticking to the religion they’d been taught by the colonial missionaries, and cannot understand why what was correct dogma then should not be right now. In other words, they are determined not conveniently to forget what has been taught them as the very foundation of the faith – a version of the faith that Anglicanism in the shape of the C of E now wishes would obligingly go away. Awks.


    1. Nicely put, Liverpudlian. It’s essentially mixing politics with religion where the aim is to be attractive to the electorate rather than be stuck with an impractical manifesto of a bygone age.
      The CofE tries to drop or re-interpret the more embarrassing dogma implied by their BBoMS resulting in a more caring attitude – but they do so at a cost.
      The missionary conquests are holding the CofE to account. Awks indeed 🙂


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