Showing posts from June, 2012

"Divine Women" - Dr Bettany Hughes on the BBC

I've just watched (rather belatedly) the second episode of Dr Bettany Hughes' BBC series, 'Divine Women,' where she talks about the role of women in the early Church. I can only say - don't be taken in by it! Especially if you are an advocate of women's ordination to the priesthood, because the patina of half-truths, omissions and outright fabrications that Dr Hughes presents will only discredit your position. It all sounds so credible, and I'd love to believe it - but sadly, it simply is not.

Even before we get to the detail, the very presentation of the programme shows that Dr Hughes is on a PR exercise designed to pull the wool over viewers' eyes. Once in a while, I'm sure, the Beeb does still manage to present unbiased, critically balanced documentaries, but this is not one of them. Leaving aside the doom-laden music used whenever anything Hughes deems 'anti-women' comes up, or the looks of smug condescension she gives to interviewees s…

On the Jubilee

"Can reeds flourish where there is no water?," Bildad asks Job. To which the answer is 'Yes,' if God wills it so: for Him, all things are possible. But the answer expected of Job is 'No,' and the answer for us, almost all the time, is 'No.' Reeds cannot flourish where there is no water.

For while God can transgress the natural order working miracles and wonders to make whatever He wishes so, by and large He does not. His work is done not in spite of, but through His creation, through the imperfect agents of the material world according to the nature that He has given them.

Jesus broke many natural laws and condemned time-hallowed institutions. But the principle of the Incarnation is not to destroy the natural order, not to replace created humanity with perfect divinity, but to fulfil that order: grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it. Jesus told us to call no-one 'teacher,' because He was our only teacher; to call no man 'father,&…