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 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, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 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, 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, 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 campaigning against child abuse, harassment conviction/restraining order quashed on appeal, convicted 4 continued blogging 2 stop paedophile, providing bore hole + solar powered water pump 4 Gambian village.

Thursday, September 04, 2014


A Dubious Disciple Book Review 4 Sep 2014
By Dubious Disciple - Published on
For an author who writes that he "intends [his] book to be positive and enlightening," this book is disturbingly negative. Its raw, take-no-prisoners tone dares you to knock the chip off Jonathan Blake's shoulder.

Blake is the Archbishop who isn't. He escaped from the Anglican Church and says he holds on to the title of Archbishop "only to provide a platform to ridicule its pretentiousness and to lay siege to the power systems it has spawned."

So you aren't going to get any inspirational Christian instruction in this book. What you'll get is a tirade against the "plastic, manipulated and processed Jesus of Christianity." Blake is more interested in the real Jesus, a man who succumbed to the same sort of irrational religious thinking that has blighted civilization throughout the ages, but whose intentions were at least good.

Now, the Bible isn't all bad, Blake insists. It might be worthwhile to extract the few decent parts of the Bible and preserve them, alongside a few nourishing morsels from other religions as well, so as to write a new holy book. But I don't think Blake is holding his breath for this to happen.

In the mean time, religion has to go. It may seem innocent on the surface, but it isn't. Religion stunts our growth or, worse, herds us back into infantile rhythms. The teaching of religion should be replaced by anthropology, psychology and sociology. We must protect young minds from being hijacked by religious thinking.

God has to go, too. It is only when we stop believing in God and stop thinking about God and stop praying to God and stop worshipping God and stop having anything to do with God or giving any thought to God that we can be true.

Near the end of the book Blake finally works his way back around to Jesus, who, though his misguided plan of self-sacrifice turned out to be a colossal mistake, still promoted a way of love. Blake grasps and endorses love as the meaning of life, and insists that when we outgrow religion, love will come easier.

In the end, Blake may be more right than wrong, but his tone and lack of supporting references ("evidence suggests" and "studies show" a lot of things in this book) left me shrugging my shoulders.


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