Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, education is really important.

This is probably news to Radio 4 listeners, so let me say more. Jesus said that education is really important. Or at least, that’s what he meant to say when he talked about giving a child a stone who asks for bread. The Hebrew Scriptures, the ones that say the earth is flat and was created 6,000 years ago, also say that education, especially about the 6,000 year old flat earth, is really important.

So in conclusion, education is really important. I know, I’m a bishop.


3 thoughts on “Staggeringly Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire, the Dales and any other bits that can’t afford their own bishop any more

  1. Off at a random tangent, but slightly relevant as it is on an education website…

    The BBC Bitesize education page ( has a section on words that have changed meaning.


    This may appeal to some here:


    Original meaning: Blessed with worthiness
    That’s right. Silly hasn’t always meant somebody who acts in a daft manner. It originally meant something far more serious.

    It’s possible to track the word’s journey from around 1200 where it meant ‘pious’ to the other end of the 13th century where it meant somebody who was to be pitied.

    Around 300 years later, silly had completely transformed. In 1570, silly was defined as ‘feeble in mind and lacking in reason’.

    Silly’s fate was sealed. By the 1860s, newspapers were having a ‘silly season’ each summer when their regular sources of news weren’t so plentiful. And the story of Mr Silly would have turned out very differently if the original meaning had stuck.

    end quote

    Though perhaps the over pompous piety that some show can best be described as silliness [using the modern meaning!!]


  2. I went to an event last night with the speaker being Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the National Secular Society. He gave a very concise description of the issues which the NSS is campaigning on at present which includes an open and inclusive education system, free of religious discrimination.
    The consensus was that religious organisations such as Baines’s want to be involved in schools so they can evangalise. If schools were made secular, religious groups would no longer be able to impose compulsory worship, run RE lessons only about their own religion or be allowed to discriminate on religious grounds in admission. Once those rules are removed there will probably no longer be a push by religious organisation to be involved in running schools.
    Education shouldn’t be used to force children to follow a particular religion, as faith schools would prefer. We can give Baines the benefit of the doubt and suggest he does believe in better education all round, but his organisations reluctance to give up its established position shows that it has its own interests at heart.


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