Canterbury hit by earthquake
At 8.20am this morning, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale shook the spiritual centre of England. Houses in Kent swayed from left to right, walls cracked, chimneys fell, and people were thrown out of their beds. There are reports of widespread chaos.
The centre of the quake was near to Canterbury. Is the Lord somehow displeased with Archbishop Rowan Williams? The earthquake has echoes of the lightning that hit York Minster after a sermon given by the then Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins. Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. (Isaiah 29:6).
The Bible talks much of God using earthquake, storm, famine and pestilence to bring judgement, but does he still?
Cranmer actually knows that Folkestone was damaged rather more than Canterbury, but the post is just a little more interesting if one talks about God's judgement upon the Church of England than upon the parliamentary constituency of the Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP...