6 thoughts on “Rev Dr Isabelle Hamley, Theological advisor to the House of Bishops

  1. I’ve always thought of forgiveness as one of the key tenets of Jesus as a philosopher. He must have learnt his trade from good teachers as I believe there is a general consensus from research that shows being able to forgive is good for our mental health. Holding grudges and dreaming of revenge can seriously harm us – https://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/01/ce-corner.
    There are lots of models of forgiveness in different religions and cultures and I wonder how much the idea is much discussed in modern society outside of religious circles.
    As always, our TFTDer wants us to think it was their deity that created the idea, which with a few clicks on a search engine proves (our modern source of all knowledge), is patently absurd.

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    1. Thanks for the link, Paul, interesting article- though I didn’t put myself through the test. (Although it’s intentionally and frankly didactic, I still wince a bit at the pedagogy of “Outside scientific circles, though, many people are a bit confused about the concept.”)

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  2. “Forgiveness is what I tell you what Jesus told me it is. Otherwise your concept of it is wrong. Obviously I’m telling you this in all humility and take no vague pleasure or personal satisfaction from patronising you whatsoever”.

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  3. Forgiveness is intrinsic to most societies throughout the world and through the centuries, and Isabelle Hamley cannot claim it specifically for her faith. Indeed, the Christian emphasis is as much on the forgiveness of sins as on forgiving a wrong done by one person to another. Jesus is made to tell the paralysed man “Get up, your sins are forgiven”, prompting the Pharisees to say “Hang on, only God can forgive sins”. It is arguable that our modern notions of forgiveness are based more on secular concepts of ethics than on traditional Christian dogmas.

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  4. I wonder how Rev Hamley’s example applies to her Invisible Magic Friend.
    Mina Smallman can forgive the murderer but is the IMF obliged to forgive him too?
    Presumably not – so is that remarkable act of human forgiveness only meaningful to the IMF when judging Ms Smallman’s virtuousness but of no use to the killer’s eternal future?
    According to the BBoMS, the IMF isn’t habitually forgiving or merciful but followers don’t hold it to the same standard as it expects from us.

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