Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ain't That Par For the Course For a UK Cleric?

He thinks that individuals with terminal illnesses would take more comfort in Jackie Collins novels than the Bible.

He suggests that the Bible's talk of sin, judgment and eternal damnation could be unsettling for those living with a terminal illness and recommends reliving romantic highs instead.

Mr Gregory said: 'When people are told they are dying reading the Bible might be the last thing they want to do.

'But they shouldn't be afraid to read a rude or lively book... something a bit saucy.

'The subject of death is still a bit taboo, like sex used to be, so why not?

'It might trigger some happy, joyful, rude memories.'

There's just not much religious fervor left in Anglicanism; UK is increasingly a secular society, at least among those professing a nominal Christianity. The same can't be said for the minority Muslim population; mosques are full. This doesn't bode well for the future of the country.

As for the terminally ill: yes, if the individual has little affinity for religion, (s)he should take comfort wherever (s)he can find it, and if that is in a trashy novel, so be it.

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