Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cranmer’s Celebratory Pulpit No.VI

Cranmer is delighted to reward his communicants with an open pulpit today.

The principal reason is that (to his immense surprise) his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political has been ranked #6 in the ‘Top 100 Right of Centre Blogs’, and #1 in the ‘Top 10 Religious Blogs’ in Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the UK.

In celebration of this, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace is pleased to host another Cranmer’s Pulpit for communicants to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish…

…intelligently and eruditely, of course.

And if communicants are in need of focus, he asks all who are so minded to pray for the thousand of Buddhist monks and civilians who are marching for democracy in Burma. Amidst reports today that they are being beaten and assaulted by the military, they are brave and principled souls indeed. They have most recently supported by the Dalai Lama and the President of the United States of America, who has announced the tightening of economic sanctions and a visa ban on Myanmar’s leaders.

This helpful site notes that ‘democracy is strengthened by values drawn from Buddhist moral and social theory, and Buddhist moral and social theory gains concrete institutional and procedural specificity when it is articulated through the framework of liberal democratic theory’.

If a repeat of the 1998 bloodbath is to avoided, Cranmer believes prayer to be an imperative.


Anonymous The recusant said...

On the BBCs reporting of current events in New Orleans.

"Conservative churchgoers believe homosexuality is contrary to the Church's teachings."

"However, liberal Anglicans have argued that biblical teachings on justice and inclusion should take precedence."

Is it me as Mr Wogan says?

26 September 2007 at 10:17  
Anonymous Oiznop said...

Congratulations Cranmer.

You are mainstream in the blogging world, and your recognition is well deserved. I read this every day even if I don't comment. No1 religious blog isn't surprising (though the omission of Ruth Gledill is puzzling), but No6 in the rightwing political category is a excelent achievement and very well deserved.

26 September 2007 at 13:40  
Anonymous sheep trying not to get lost said...

Is anyone else wondering when the Anglican Church hierarchy will realise that, on the issue of homosexuality, by trying to be all things to all men it ends up being nothing to anyone?

Either homosexuality is sufficiently sinful to stop a man being ordained, or it isn't (I know my own opinion on this, but it’s not relevant to my point). The Anglican Church needs to make up its mind one way or the other and then stick by its decision. This will doubtless annoy lots of people: frankly, tough. The Church should stop trying to appease Peter Akinola and Peter Tatchell in the same breath, because it can’t be done. Since when was Christianity about finding comfortable doctrines that are acceptable to everyone? A cursory flick through the Gospels will tell you that it is quite the opposite. If the Church of England is nothing more than a gigantic focus group at prayer, what do we pay the salary of our highly-trained biblical exegete Archbishop for? At risk of enervating the more Presbyterian-minded among his Grace’s communicants, that is what bishops are for and I for one am fed up of this abdication of responsibility for doctrinal decisions to popular opinion. Leave that to the politicians.

Paralysis over this issue is damaging the Anglican Church, at a time when there are so many more important things to be concerned with. We need clear spiritual leadership, not doomed attempts to reach consensus.

26 September 2007 at 16:34  
Anonymous Ultraviolents said...

According to an absorbingly interesting article in the July 16 New York Times (which for once I actually purchased and read on paper), the U.S. has a five-year, $750 million program aimed at--get your Digitalis out--raising living standards in the mountainous region of Pakistan bordering on Afghanistan, where the Taliban and al Qaeda are centered. It is one of the most backward, primitive, dangerous, and Islamo-intensive areas of the world, and we think that spending money on water treatment, hospitals, roads, and schools will make the people in that area more resistant to Islamic extremism. The area is so wild and lawless that the Pakistan government has virtually no sway there, and even the people involved in designing the program fear that most of the money will just go to enriching local warlords. But we're doing it anyway.

So there's our "war on terror": a war on poverty stretching from the Palestinian territories to Pakistan. This is the mad utopianism into which we are led by our belief that terrorism comes from a lack of opportunities instead of from Islam. The same belief prevents us from imagining the possibility that even if we succeeded in our dream of raising the living standard of the Pakistan frontier, the jihadism there might increase, just as jihadism has increased in every country where Muslims are given political freedom. Nope. The plan must work out for the best, because, as President Bush said in an interview with nine conservative journalists at the White House last Friday:

"It's idealistic to believe people long to be free. And nothing will change my belief. I come at it many different ways. Really not primarily from a political science perspective, frankly; it's more of a theological perspective. I do believe there is an Almighty, and I believe a gift of that Almighty to all is freedom. And I will tell you that is a principle that no one can convince me that doesn't exist."

Richard Lowry expresses his disbelief in what Bush said. He argues that some cultures are far more welcoming to political freedom than others, and that what most people want first and foremost is not freedom but order. Sadly, however, Lowry confines these key Busho-critical statements to a blog entry at the Corner. In Lowry's regular article on the Bush interview, an article that has all the depth of a piece in a college newspaper interviewing the college president, Lowry says nothing critical at all. He merely reports straight Bush's "upbeat and confident" assessment that we're on course in Iraq.

Iraq War = Multiculturalist War

26 September 2007 at 17:03  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Does His Grace have any comments on theopolitical aspects of Tuesday's speech by the neither intelligent nor erudite Mr Clever Trevor Phillips, a canting Æthiop of crypto-Leninist persuasion?

"And if there is a practical thing, I would say it is that we need to revisit some parts of that national heritage. to rewrite some parts of that national story to tell the whole story. When we talk about the Armada it's only now that we are beginning to realise that part of it is Muslims. It was the Turks who saved us, because they held up the Armada at the request of Elizabeth I. Now let's rewrite that story, let's use our heritage to rewrite that story so it is truly inclusive."

26 September 2007 at 17:51  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Congratulations Your Grace. You deserve it all and more. Best wishes.

26 September 2007 at 20:13  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Does His Grace have any comments on theopolitical aspects of Tuesday's speech by the neither intelligent nor erudite Mr Clever Trevor Phillips, a canting Æthiop of crypto-Leninist persuasion?

Mr Nedsherry.

In a word, 'no'. His Grace is far too busy to waste his life on anything that passes the lips of Trevor Phillips.

26 September 2007 at 21:29  
Anonymous the recusant said...

I can only surmise that Phillips is getting his history confused with the battle of Lepanto (1571), 17 years earlier which, far from this being a Spanish Vs Muslim battle the forces of the Holy League consisted of ships from Austria, Spain, Venice, Naples/Sicily, Tuscany, the Papal States, Genoa, Malta, and Savoy. I would be interested to know where he got the Elizabeth I link from.

26 September 2007 at 21:37  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

His Grace, to coin a phrase, rem acu tetigit. "No" is all, and indeed rather more than all, that need be said of Trevor Phillips.

27 September 2007 at 11:24  

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