6 thoughts on “Rhidian Babbling Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

  1. Rhid’s “the stories that people will be telling in 400 years” implies that (if you believe “the stories”) Jesus won’t return on his white horse until at least the 25th century. Phew, what a relief.

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  2. Rhid’s comparison of the Bible and Shakespeare (both compulsory on one’s Desert Island, as I recall) got me wondering: was Shakespeare really a believer? In one sense he couldn’t not be, of course: he lived in a pious and superstitious age, when even believing very slightly different things from what the authorities ordained could land you in trouble. At different times, scholars have labelled him as Protestant or Papist; but as George Orwell once wrote: “We do not know a great deal about Shakespeare’s religious beliefs, and from the evidence of his writings it would be difficult to prove that he had any”.

    Anyway, he certainly had a sound grasp of human psychology, and knew how to write a jolly good yarn. Can we say the same of the BBoMS? It contains a few good stories, as well as a lot of myths, ridiculous prophecies, apocalyptic ravings, and tedious slabs of prose about religious prohibitions. As has often been said, reading it from cover to cover is a good way of turning someone into an atheist. I’m pretty sure that Shakespeare will still be read (and performed) in 400 years’ time. I’m not so sure about the Bible.

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    1. “As has often been said, reading it from cover to cover is a good way of turning someone into an atheist.”

      And as Rhidian made clear a few years ago, he hasn’t read the whole thing. He tried to but got bored.

      I can’t remember who it was who commented on this, but one of the basic requirements we should expect from TFTD is that the chosen few should at least have some familiarity with the basic texts they claim to represent.

      Incidentally. A few people often comment on how their heart sinks when they hear the name John Bell as the TFTD presenter. For me its Rhidian Brook. His drab, uninspiring delivery, his occasional “just one of the lads” persona, his occasional literary flourish, add absolutely nothing to his totally vacuous “thoughts”.

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      1. Ditto anything from John Bell about raging with his Jesus in the Kingdoms causes is as cracked as an entire carillon as far as I am concerned .

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  3. regarding longevity of texts…

    I think it was on “Infinite Monkey Cage”, (but I may be wrong) that Rufus Hound posited:

    “If all of the books and records etc in the world were destroyed so we lost all recorded knowledge, then: in a few thousand years we’d have a new set of science and engineering books — and they’d be the same as today’s; we’d also have a new set of religious texts — and they’s be mutually divergent and different from today’s.”

    regarding Shakespeare…

    Mr Brook, please step outside – there’s a Ms Atkins wanting a ‘discussion’ about trespassing on her turf 🙂

    I recall being told on a visit to Stratford, that Shakespeare senior got involved in usury and a loan went wrong, leaving his glove-making business in jeopardy; he owed money and was effectively imprisoned in his own house as he’d be arrested and made liable to pay the debt if he went out in public. This led to him not attending church and a consequent risk of punishment for that too — so I doubt that he was strongly committed to religious beliefs. Whether William was influenced by this or not, I don’t know.

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