4 thoughts on “Ex-Rev Canon Angela Tilby, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

  1. God knows all about shortages. Don’t forget his mum and dad (when he appeared as his other third) couldn’t find an inn when they went to Bethlehem (for the historically non-existent census).
    The C of E is also suffering from a shortage of vicars (https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1490367/vicar-shortage-cancel-church-services-Sunday-morning/amp) which isn’t a surprise. Maybe the ex-Rev will be getting in her car soon to go back to working at the coal-face.
    Another thing in short supply is religious apologists who don’t tell us the bloomin’ obvious on TFTD.


  2. The Sermon on the Mount is considered by some to encapsulate the entire Christian message, so it’s not surprising that Christian speakers make so much use of it. But it was certainly not delivered in one piece by an itinerant preacher around 30CE: it was probably compiled decades later, from a variety of sources including Jewish wisdom literature (similar texts have been found in the Dead Sea Scrolls).

    Like most sermons, it contains a mixture of cliches, platitudes, and both good and bad advice, of which “Take no thought for the morrow” is one of the worst. Even the most pious Christian would find it literally impossible to live totally in the present, without any future planning or anticipation at all. Even a decision not to fill your tank is a piece of forward thinking; come to that, so is a decision to get up, get dressed, and deliver a sermon of your own to an audience of up to dozens on TftD.


  3. I wish we’d hear more of “spare no thought for the afterlife”. Many people would be happier right now.
    For Christians, the message would be at odds with the point of our earthly lives (aka stumbling along this worldly obstacle course in an effort to achieve or avoid whatever’s supposed to happen) but we shouldn’t expect consistency from an IMF – after all, nobody’s perfect.


  4. “Here’s practical sanity… the one thing that is certain in this life is that you cannot control the future….”

    Angela’s faith perspective this morning was – as highlighted by StephenJP – a nonsense. The words attributed to Jesus, about living in the present, living in the moment is utterly impractical – and potentially dangerous. Just about everything we do in life is in preparation for a future event – even if it’s just shopping for a dinner party, the weekend’s or next week’s meals. It would make Mrs Isabella Beaton go white with horror to think that the subjects of her book on Household Management were so cavalier about stocking their store cupboards or planning menus as to think – tomorrow will take care of itself!

    I expect Angela means that we cannot ‘control’ the future to the extent that we know whether or not we’ll be (a) run over by a bus tomorrow (b) win the lottery (c) get rain or sunshine (d) catch COVID (e) get the sack from our job etc etc. But it is a poor human who just allows ‘life’ to chuck at us what it will, completely unprepared. There are people in society with tremendous vision; they develop new medicines, plant forests, build schools and other institutions, perform countless actions of which they may never see the outcome. This (thankfully) is what makes us human; we do have the ability accurately to predict or direct what happens in the future. Only blinkered ‘people of faith’ would accept the Biblical tosh we were offered today, or trust entirely in their IMF to dictate what happens in their lives – and how would they know what he has down for them anyway? It’s not as though he’s been in touch lately!


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