Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Priest at St John the Evangelist, Welwyn Garden City

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, the General Synod of the Church of England will discuss making churches more accessible to disabled people. Disability Theology is so important.

6 thoughts on “Rev Dr Rob Marshall, Priest at St John the Evangelist, Welwyn Garden City

  1. Thanks to Dr Marshall for telling us about this exciting new prospect for disabled Christian’s.
    It will be lovely for those in wheelchairs not to be asked to stand when hymns are sung, but really that is small beer compared to being told throughout the bible and by church leaders for most of the last 2000 years that disability comes from some sort of sin. We can blithely forget centuries of the disabled being barred from positions of leadership in Christianity or stigmatized for their presumed lack of faith or the sins of forbears, or thinking that suffering must be endured in order to purify the righteous. Where was the compassionate voice of Jesus during that time?
    Centuries of viewing disability as disease to be pitied, ignored or punished. You would have thought that a supreme all-knowing creator might have given some better instructions in its Holy book wouldn’t you?


  2. It is telling that the CofE seems unable to take a straightforward, practical approach to reducing the barriers to participation that currently exist, but has to dress the whole thing up in something called Disability Theology. No doubt those who wish to take part in the Synod debate are even now scouring the BBoMS for suitable texts that they can wrench out of context and use to prove that the IMF really loves disabled people, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

    As Paul says, Christianity has traditionally treated the disabled as sinners receiving just punishment rather than as human beings with equal rights. There seems little recognition of this historical injustice, rather a belated attempt to get on the disability fights bandwagon. Of course, in order to be a member of the CofE at all, it helps if you’re blinkered, tone-deaf, emotionally retarded and suffering from delusions.

    BTW, in the run-up to the Synod, the Church has admitted that it can’t define a woman: That debate should provide much entertainment, if not much illumination.


    1. The CofE seems to be under the mistaken illusion that embracing wokery is somehow going to fill all those empty churches – when in reality woke types would mostly never go near a church anyway, and they will just end up alienating even more of their ever-dwindling congregations.


  3. One of the many benefits of being retired is that I am no longer up and getting ready for work when tftd is on. Today, the necessity of watering the plants at my allotment whilst it is relatively cool meant that I did hear this garbage. My immediate thoughts were ‘religion is trying to catch up with society yet again’ and ’ aren’t there verses in the Old Tastymint that ban the disabled from entering the temple’?


    1. Qualification for priesthood was tough in the BBoMS. A prominent nose, good back & uncrushed balls were essential – Leviticus 21:18-20
      “For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
      “Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
      “Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;”
      And being part of the congregation was also limited, again with particular reference to the intactness of a chap’s undercarriage –
      “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 23:1).
      Let’s hope the General Synod is asked to consider such texts today 🙂


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