Monday, October 03, 2005


Sitting through the tragic performance of Stephen Green (from the mislabelled group 'Christian Voice') on the BBC Question Time TV programme the other evening proved to be, by turns, a painful, sad and inadvertently amusing experience. There's a summary here. (And hat-tip to MediaWatchWatch for the vidcap.) Green, who is also involved in an internecine argument with those who stoked the Jerry Springer furore, littered his well-rehearsed prejudices with biblical quotes and allusions. Somewhat uncharitably, perhaps, but hardly inappropriately, the wise counsel of St Augustine (he himself not being devoid of public failings) came to mind: Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although "they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion." [1 Timothy 1.7]

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