Rev Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, what is truth? I’m not thinking of anyone in particular, a leading politician for example, here.

St. Paul and the Christian Eucharist is truth.

There we go, that was easy. Next week, what is the purpose of life in under three minutes?

2 thoughts on “Rev Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg, author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey

  1. ‘There’s absolutely no news at all today; nothing; zilch. Not even a cat stuck up a tree, or a piece of toast with the face of Jesus on it (funny how Mohammed never appears on toast, don’t you think?). So…. Er…. I’ll just talk about TRUTH, then, because we Christians are totally au fait with truth; we’re all over it. Our faith is so crammed with undeniable truths like those about the talking serpent, the plagues of Egypt, the dead coming back to life, virgins giving birth, walking on water, spitting in a blind bloke’s eye and curing his blindness; it’s all remarkable stuff and all absolutely true. People of faith are known for their commitment to truth. It’s terrible now that some people are cynical about ‘truth’ and ‘fact,’ but that can’t be because of anything that religion has done; we’ve been peddling truth for millennia.

    Of course there has been lots of fibbing in high places lately; lots of lies told about vaccines; and other untruths. But throughout all this, you can rely on religion always to present the truth. So when I say, “Our understanding of truth needs to be fed by a commitment to a common ethic,” I mean it’s about time society and the world woke up to the fact that when it comes to facts and truth – people of faith hold all the cards. I thank you. Now, where’s my fee… I’m not spouting this stuff for nothing, you know.’


  2. Nice one Liverpudlian.

    Melvyn’s daughter did at least appear to accept that “truth” is external to the observer, as opposed to the postmodern fiction that whatever feels right to the individual is their “ttuth”, and cannot be criticised or even questioned by anyone else.

    Having said that, she also appeared to believe that “truth” can emerge from a process of discussion, or mediation, or reconciliation. It might, but that’s not guaranteed. Two people might end up agreeing with each other and still both be wrong (q.v. social media, passim). And how do you know what’s true? That can only be established using the methodology of science broadly construed (ie including history, anthropology, economics, etc, as well as the hard sciences). And this is the point at which the religious apologist suddenly finds herself on very thin ice, because when subjected to scientific scrutiny themselves the “truths” of religion turn out to be anything but.

    Still, she got through her three minutes without bringing up Pontius Pilate (“What is truth?”), so top marks for resisting temptation.


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