Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

What should Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin do? Let’s ask Jesus.

Jesus always treated everyone nicely when leading international conferences between nuclear powers. His reflections on economic theory form the foundations of both free market and command economies to this day. He was always nice to everybody. This was appreciated so much that they crucified him for it.

Joe Biden should not, I repeat NOT, kick Vladimir Putin in the shins and make disparaging comments about his mother. He should smile and be as nicely nice to him as possible. That’s what Jesus would do.

The lesson is that we should be nicely nice to each other to make things nicier in the world.

One thought on “Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

  1. It is true that people in first-century Palestine were human beings, and therefore had some things in common with us today. But it is actively misleading to pretend, as Lucy Winkett did, that our societies are so nearly identical that we can project back our own motivations, priorities and interests on to those much earlier times. It also requires a lot of selective amnesia about inconvenient features of that society such as slavery. And of course the Gospel writers were not writing history or practising eyewitness journalism: they were composing imaginative fiction in the interests of their theology. If you want to know why particular words and deeds are attributed to Jesus, have a look at the theology and philosophy from which they emerged, as well as the very particular conditions of that part of the world at that time.

    And if Lucy believes that Vladimir Putin is committed to ‘exercising his own agency in the service of justice’, or to ‘making the world a more just and beautiful place’, then I have a bridge I can sell her.


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