Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Friday, February 07, 2014

THE TOXIC BIBLE

Much of the bible is toxic and is so unsuitable that no child should be given a bible or allowed to read it without supervision. If we are trying to work towards an eclectic and peaceful world, should we not resign to history a book, which is so compromised by stories of bloodshed, immorality and conquest?
Unfortunately, our cultural bias renders us affectionately disposed to the book and able to overlook its flaws. We accommodate in Christianity what we would find offensive in the holy book of another faith.The perception of some faiths as warmongering and aggressive must include Christianity. Our children need to be protected. 
 We must be brave in applying the knowledge and insights of the modern age to remove even seminal literary sources if they have the power to distort. Images of a male God pursuing his enemies and requiring unquestioning subservience within a hierarchical world of kings and male rulers and clerics who must also be obeyed and in which women are ruled and owned are reactionary.
Images of religious fervour that take precedence over family relationships and loyalty and even laud the betrayal and killing of family members are repulsive. Images of illness, death, perils and the power of nature being met with miracles are confusing and endangering. Images of favouritism, elitism, hatred, destruction and vengeance are potent contaminants in establishing a better world.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/article3998588.ece

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