Rev Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

Public Health England’s 2021 Heath Profile for England is exactly the same as the New Tasty mint. Both are full of extensive facts and figures and both provide good quality advice on health and well being.

The original Christians shared all their goods between them. But that was a bit too commie and rubbish so they gave it up. But that’s what we should all do in order to level up life expectancy between the best and worst areas of the country.

8 thoughts on “Rev Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge

  1. Ban Banner and his tenuous evaluations and clear rejection of the record in Acts. Anyone who can see what his extracts from a health report have to do with the communal life of the early church is a better man than I am. One again Banner shows us Distort for the Day and how probably the pandemic has rendered his view of the Church as redundant and worthy of nothing but food banks and homeless shelters as its replacement.


  2. Half hearted socialistic nonsense that distorts the thought of the early Christian’s into the propaganda of the deified NHS and the bandaid initiatives of the Trestle Trust and Shelter instead of preaching the Gospel. Since when did Jesus seek to feed everyone or put roofs over peoples heads in their way when He told people to baptise and teach people to observe what He had commanded. The country has gone against Gods laws by giving credence to gay rights and allowing all kinds of heresy to creep in by the back door of music and dance. All Banner and the has been vicars concern themselves with is trying to account for the Rich and Poor divide by perversely ignoring the example of the first Christian’s. The creed and the colour and the name do matter despite what Sydney Carter made of charitable behaviour. The pandemic has nothing to do with the distribution of wealth and nothing to do with race despite what distorting clerics would have us believe.


  3. It’s curious that Banner feels he can freely pooh-pooh the verity of the book of Acts, suggesting that the way of life adopted by the early Christian community was unrealistically ideal, and therefore something of a fabrication. This is a question that has arisen on this site often before; if the BBOMS is supposedly the unerring Word of the IMF, then there is a distinct danger – once you start casting doubt on bits you find tricky to support – that the whole lot might legitimately be called into question.

    What allows Banner to express doubts about Acts, when he probably wouldn’t tug at the threads of virgin birth or resurrection? I’d seriously be interested to know. Does he have a superior method of text analysis and knowledge of the original Greek and all the permutations that the text has undergone in translation? I suspect not; so why throw doubt on this particular passage from Acts and not, say, Jesus walking on the water? (Or perhaps that will be a future TFTD debunking?)

    The BBOMS is essentially all Christians have as a foundation text for their faith and all its doctrine. Beginning to query its complete verity is a very dodgy path to go down.


  4. The difference in life expectancy between the comfortably-off and the poor is hardly new, and it’s not actually clear that it’s been made worse by the pandemic. Still, at least Michael Banner does draw attention to a real issue.

    And what is his remedy? He notices that (according to Acts, which is hardly a reliable historical source) the early church operated along communitarian lines, and even though it failed within a generation, he clearly has a soft spot for it. He may be aware that various movements throughout history have had the same idea, notably the Diggers in the 17th century, with no more success than the early Christians. So his attempt to provide a faith-based approach to this particular current issue doesn’t actually work, and in effect he is reduced to wailing ‘Something must be done!’

    We now have a set of new brooms in a number of Government Departments: Justice, Education, CHLG, and Health. Maybe some of the TftD speakers who tell us how terrible everything is might offer some constructive suggestions to new Ministers as to what, exactly, they think might be done. But perhaps that’s too much to expect.


  5. Can the Beeb re-invent TFTD as ‘Problem & Holy Solution of the Day’ where contributors discuss a newsworthy problem and tell us how their religious perspective provides a solution which would be unavailable to mere human efforts?
    Asking believers to hold their own feet to the fire would be interesting & amusing though the dull appeals for prayer, fasting & pilgrimage would increase (what else do they have?).


  6. I like Dave’s idea as the current crop of TFTDers rarely look at an item in the news and tell us what religion would do about it. Usually, as today, they side-step (any of them on Strictly this year?) and offer up a bit of hokum taken from their BBoMS. And then today Dr Banner tells us outright that his BBoMS can’t be trusted! Liverpudlian has it spot on – as we have often said, it’s either a holy book handed down directly from god or it has been made up by humans. Take out the “Do as you are told by me, or else” bits and most holy books are out of date ethical guides to life in the places and times where they were written.
    At 9.45 each day this week on Radio 4 we have had Francesca Stavrakopoulou explaining how the BBoMS of the Christians was rewritten in translation to take out the early Abrahamic belief in an actual physical (rather handsome) god. As an atheist bible scholar she isn’t looking for spiritual guidance or the need to big-up her particular IMF so can explain what was really going on in those earlier times. I wonder what Dr B thinks of her interpretation of his sacred scriptures? How soon before it dawns on him that apart from the general rules that apply to most human societies, his book is all made up.


    1. Thanks for the reference, Paul; I’d completely missed this. I’ll try to catch up with Ms Stavrakopoulou.

      Anyone who looks at any part of the BBoMS with a half-open mind cannot but be struck by the inconsistencies and contradictions. Just staying with Acts, the account it gives of Paul’s life (NB: not you) is utterly at odds with that attributed to the man himself in Galatians etc. Would Michael Banner dare acknowledge those differences? Not to his flock, he wouldn’t.


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