Scintillatingly Rev and non-female Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and not Bishop of Sheffield

“Robert” defied British intelligence orders and spoke to the IRA, starting the road to the Good Friday Agreement. This real life story is exactly like a completely fictitious story from the Big Book of Magic Stuff. I can’t think of anything more important to the Northern Ireland peace process than adding more religion to it. Adding more religion always makes things better.


3 thoughts on “Scintillatingly Rev and non-female Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and not Bishop of Sheffield

  1. If only there was a way of reconciling the knowledge that the female of the species is just as capable of being a priest as the male. Perhaps there is a story in the Good Book that can give some guidance on that thorny issue. Or maybe not as it was most likely written by male priests.


  2. A common trick on TftD is for speakers to take a bit of universal human behaviour, whether evolved or invented, and give the credit for it to their religion. Most of them do it, but the Christians seem particularly fond of the device.

    Philip North has, however, rather shot himself in the foot by picking the yarn about Joseph to illustrate his point. First, as the Rev Dr Peter points out, the story is wholly fictitious. Second, it was probably made up not to illustrate Joseph’s negotiating technique but as a parable to ‘explain’ why Joseph’s tribe got to rule the roost in ancient Israel. Third, because it was made up, whoever wrote it must have drawn on already-existing human attributes, which therefore don’t belong to any religion, least of all Christianity. Anyway, Putting Others First and Seeing the Big Picture are nowhere near enough for any reconciliation strategy to succeed.

    OT: how’s the Covid recovery coming on, Rev Dr Peter?


    1. “OT: how’s the Covid recovery coming on, Rev Dr Peter?”

      I meant to say “Thank you” to everyone for your good wishes last week. After a couple of days of being even more fuzzy brained than normal, it’s basically just turned into a cold.

      TBH, I had the flu last month (and hadn’t quite recovered from it) when this came along. The flu was definitely worse. I’ve been vaccinated against both this winter, so who knows where I’d be if that hadn’t been the case.

      I’m still testing strongly positive for covid, so remain indoors. As it was windy and miserable outside last week, I didn’t really mind. But it’s sunny today, and all I can do is look at it. I suppose I could start tidying the garden. Then again, I’m still ill, so maybe I’ll just have another cup of tea.


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