Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields

We all like to be part of the in crowd, to be one of the cool kids. The same happens in government. It’s how the PM got to where he is today. But the Invisible Magic Friend isn’t like that. It doesn’t matter how much you flatter and praise him. You can spend all your life on your knees saying how wonderful he is. He’ll still ignore you.

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12 thoughts on “Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields

  1. As sleazy as the political in-crowd might be, I don’t think they’ve been systematically covering up for paedophiles in their midst, allowing them to continue, whilst intimidating victims who speak out. There is a certain exclusive UK based organisation that did just that.Strangely, Wells didn’t see fit to mention them.

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  2. Very well said. AndyM

    Wells wasted far too much time with his (not very parallel) parallel with a paper by C S Lewis (who in turn drew upon Tolstoy). In the time he spent explaining what Lewis was talking about, he could have outlined quite adequately the iffy lobbying habits of ex-PM David “Greensil” Cameron and the current investigation. The initial prevaricating about the bush (to quote Wallace) did however eat into his three minutes such that he was left with the briefest moment to refer to the real news story, and to add the ‘faith perspective,’ which – as was only to be expected – was utterly unconvincing. He didn’t provide much evidence for his claim: “there’s plenty of lobbying in the New Testament.” Really?

    This was more of a limp faith perspective on C S Lewis, on Tolstoy; involving no rigorous comment whatever on the real news story.

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  3. “The Kingdom of God has no inner ring; nor has it the uncertainty that leads us to go searching for one”.

    Oh, but it does. What about the sheep and the goats, the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the casting into outer darkness? Sam’s Calvinist friends (there must be some) will insist that we are predestined either to join the inner ring or to be condemned to everlasting torture before we are born. Even the Tories aren’t as black-and-white as that.

    Lewis is a fine one to talk about inner rings. He was a proud member of the Inklings, who used to gather once a week in the back room of The Eagle and Child in Oxford to read bits of their works-in-progress to each other. Legend has it that JRR Tolkien had barely started on one draft chapter of Lord of the Rings before being interrupted by Lewis muttering “Oh God, not another f***ing elf”. Not sure I believe this, if only because I doubt Lewis knew the word existed.

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    1. Steven Hart writes: “ Lewis was unswervingly supportive of Tolkien during the long gestation, but the other Inklings could be brutal: (Henry Victor) Dyson, for one, was known to snarl, “Oh fuck, not another elf!” as Tolkien read another section of the epic in his usual rapid-fire mumble.” A.N. Wilson says it was Charles someone…

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    2. Steven Hart: “ Lewis was unswervingly supportive of Tolkien during the long gestation, but the other Inklings could be brutal: Dyson, for one, was known to snarl, “Oh f***, not another elf!” as Tolkien read another section of the epic in his usual rapid-fire mumble.”

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  4. Well, there you are: three different attributions. Maybe nobody actually said it at the time, but somebody later thought it would be an entertaining thing for someone to have said. Williams is an even less likely source than Lewis, I would have thought.

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    1. Stephen Masty: “ According to J. R. R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, Hugo Dyson (1896-1975) had quite enough, thank you, even though the lesser-known Oxford don was considered the most fun-loving of the Inklings.

      As another newly-written passage of The Lord of the Rings was read aloud by its author, Dyson was “lying on the couch, and lolling and shouting and saying, ‘Oh f***, not another elf!’” Other versions of the incident are even more colourful. Dyson was not the only one, and so Tolkien eventually stopped reading the updates in the pub.”

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  5. This is from The Atlantic: “ Now he’s reading aloud from an interminable marmalade-stained manuscript, and his fellow academic Hugo Dyson, prone on the couch, is heckling him: “Oh God, not another f***ing elf!”
    Don’t lose confidence in your anecdote now – it’s much quoted, and Wilson actually wrote the Lewis biography.

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