16 thoughts on “Rhidian Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

  1. “God plants eternity in the human heart”.
    Just the sort of vapid thought we expect from Mr Brook.
    Shouldn’t this have been an outright condemnation of extreme wealth from a Christian committed, as they all are, to follow Jesus’ teaching and give away everything they own to enter heaven?


  2. “The wealthiest man in the known universe.”

    A personal point, I admit, but this sort of hyperbole really grates on me – and is so common these days. ‘It’s the greatest film of all time’ someone raves; and yet there were no films earlier than the late C.19th. What’s wrong with ‘the greatest film in the history of cinema’? Much more powerful, surely; and the concept of Jeff Bazos’ wealth would hardly be diminished if we were told he was the richest man in the world. I once heard someone describe Durham’s cathedral as the largest Norman cathedral in the world. Technically this could be true, but there are no Norman cathedrals in Australia, the Americas, Africa, Asia or Antarctica; so it’s not the accolade it might at first seem!

    Quite apart from all that; where was the ‘faith perspective’ this morning? Some tenuous comment about eternity being planted in us by Rhid’s IMF, and an (to me) opaque concluding sentence were hastily squeezed in at the end. I quite concur with Matt2112 and PaulT, and further to Paul’s comment we got an AAA type loosely-veiled hint from Rhid that he resides in one of the Capital’s more well-heeled areas, where his neighbours are busy with loft conversions, and extending their property underground – both exercises rather harder for those living in high-rise!


  3. @Liverpudlian, I can only suppose that he called Bezos ‘the wealthiest man in the known universe’ because the universe was the general theme of today’s Thought. Lots of little riffs about space, eternity, etc. Terribly clever. And I guess that his final mysterious sentence (“something of infinite depth, and height, and breadth has already come to us”) was meant to refer to Baby Jesus. Although of course he might have meant Darth Vader or someone like that.

    I looked Rhid up on Wikipedia to find out where he lives (yes, it is London), and was reminded that a year or so ago he published an anthology of his TftD pieces, going back over 20 years, called ‘Godbothering’. Just think, for less than a tenner you could possess an entire collection of Thoughts just like today’s! Ideal Christmas gifts for the whole family!


    1. Haha! Yes, you’re quite correct, of course, and I can see the tongue firmly in the cheek there – so I’ll forgive him that little bit of hyperbole. I’m sticking with the general tenor of my gripe though; I know it’s OT for TFTD, but I really hate all those ‘….of all time’ superlatives that crop up these days, it’s just so linguistically lazy. I suspect Rhid’s book might fit that review once given by Dorothy Parker: “This is not a book that is to be tossed aside lightly; it should be thrown with great force.”


    2. I’m not sure the universe is infinite in extent. Besides, what about the multiverse? Where does Jeff Bezos rank in terms of wealth there?

      My pet linguistic hate is any TV programme that begins with the words, “The Great British…”. One potential benefit of Scottish independence would be the non-existence of the state of Great Britain and, hopefully, an end to all such TV titles.


      1. Partly because it encourages the idea in some people that the Great attached to Britain is a tribute: Wikipedia: “The Greco-Egyptian scientist Ptolemy referred to the larger island as great Britain (μεγάλη Βρεττανία megale Brettania) and to Ireland as little Britain (μικρὰ Βρεττανία mikra Brettania) in his work Almagest (147–148 AD). In his later work, Geography (c. 150 AD), he gave the islands the names Alwion, Iwernia, and Mona (the Isle of Man), suggesting these may have been the names of the individual islands not known to him at the time of writing Almagest.”


      2. @Julia

        Forgive me, should that not be “mikri Brettannia” since it is feminine singular adjective as opposed to “mikra”, which is the neuter plural..? (I am on the 12th CD out of 12 CDs of a Greek language course). 🙂


      3. “(I am on the 12th CD out of 12 CDs of a Greek language course”

        I’m genuinely impressed!

        You’ll be able to read the New Tasty mint in its original language.


      4. “You’ll be able to read the New Tasty Mint in its original language” – and spot the bits that have been subtly altered in translating it into English.


      5. And I thought I was the only one with that particular llinguistic hate! Came to the conclusion some while back that any TV programme with “Great British” in the title is going to be rubbish, and not worth watching.


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