Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pentecost: the original mad, swivel-eyed loons

Thinking of these Tory swivel-eyed loons, it is apposite today, Whitsunday, to recall the first time Christians were accused of being mad. "Good men and wimmen, this day (Dies Penthecostes) is called Wytsonday by cause the holy ghost bought wytte and wisdom into Crists dyscyples, and so by prechying after in all Cristendom and fylled him full of holy Wytte." But God's wisdom is folly to the world.

In this increasingly secular society, it stands to reason that Christians are perceived as mad, swivel-eyed loons. Dr Richard Dawkins epitomises the attitude. If one is to be counter-cultural and counter-intuitive - as the gospel demands - one should not be surprised when allegations of madness or drunkenness ensue. To oppose equality and diversity - the orthodoxy of the secular age - is to be 'swivel-eyed'.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Drunk, mad, swivel-eyed - it's all the same haughty mockery. That which the unbeliever cannot rationalise is, by definition, irrational. And the irrational is aberrant, delirious, demented and, in the final analysis, bigoted. It must be silenced and expunged.

But the Church must love the sinner, and that includes the fruitcakes and swivel-eyed loonies, not least because they must feel a degree of empathy. This is indeed mad, but Christianity is mad. What kind of madness is it which sends a swivel-eyed Son-God to preach repentance, salvation and self-sacrifice in an age of materialism, perversion and hedonism? Christians should rejoice in being called mad, swivel-eyed loons - it is our vocation.


Blogger Peter D said...

"Christians should rejoice in being called mad, swivel-eyed loons - it is our vocation."

Indeed we should! It seems to me many of the greatest Christians have slightly 'touched'. Saint Francis' overwhelming love for Christ, for example, set him apart because of his profoundly simple and single minded devotion. Today he would probably be sectioned under Mental Health Act for having stripped naked in the public square and given up a life of luxury and the woman he loved for a paupers life.

In today's politically correct world the description isn't "madness" - people with "mental health issues" are now a protected group under Equality legislation and thus cannot be insulted or offended. No, today we are cast as homophobic, sexist, fundamentalist bigots, clinging onto outdated and narrow minded values.

19 May 2013 at 13:42  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Never could grasp the atheist take on life. There is order to the natural world. We even have niceties like electricity laid on. This just ‘happens’ does it after a ball of space debris congeals into a planet. No outside influences needed ? No plan required ? No instigator of the rules of the natural forces ?

Now, if you believe all THAT, what a blind leap of faith you have...

19 May 2013 at 16:09  
Blogger IanCad said...

"--Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine."

John Wesley's commentary on this verse, (Acts 2:13) is perceptive:

"But others mocking - The world begins with mocking, thence proceeds to cavilling, Acts 4:7; to threats, 4:17; to imprisoning, Acts 5:18; blows, 5:40; to slaughter, Acts 7:58 ."

We live in easy times.

Let the State get it into its head that Christians are a threat to progress, and the screws will turn.
When belly and purse can be be denied we will then see who is the summer soldier and sunshine patriot.

Look at our brothers in the Islamic world. From an uneasy co-existence to refugee status in just a few years.
The winds of strife will surely visit us sometime.

Allow me also to point out that Richard Dawkins has already stated (on NPR) that it should be illegal to raise a child as a Christian.

Where is Blofeld these days? I hope all is well with him.

19 May 2013 at 16:48  
Blogger Sackerson said...

Oh, to be touched by God.

"All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me."

19 May 2013 at 19:52  
Blogger LEN said...

Swivel eyed loons?. The Christian life is 'foolishness' to some.
It was the search for wisdom apart from God that led to the fall of man.So God has reversed that process to bring salvation to humanity. 'The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of this world and it is foolishness to the world (I Corinthians 1:23) but God is using His Foolishness which the world call foolish to certify the wise.'

'But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.' (1 Corinthians 1: 27-29)
The Wisdom of God is found at the Cross of Jesus Christ where New Life came from the death of the Old.

19 May 2013 at 19:59  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
On the ball Your Grace at this critical time.
To be a fool for Christ is our calling and privilege. Many see the Gospel as foolish as also are they who promote it. I for one am happy to be such a fool. As Len says 'The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of this world'. Those who see themselves as so clever will one day bow before the throne of God.
This weekend I heard a speaker on BBC news who said that those who supported SSM were 'backward'. On another news item today a speaker said that as there was protection for Churches, what harm can the Bill do?
Well we all know what the dangers are and I for one will be outside Westminster on Monday evening.

19 May 2013 at 20:20  
Blogger Peter D said...

Sackerson said...
"Oh, to be touched by God"

You quote St Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican monk of extraordinary genius.

Not long before he died he was caught up in a vision of God. What happened scholars are not absolutely sure, but it had such a profound effect on him that, perhaps sensing the end of his life was near, he wrote:

"The end of my labours has come. All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me."

Perhaps he glimpsed something of the beatific vision towards which we all journey and for which we all hope. Perhaps in a moment he saw that God is an infinite and eternal mystery, far beyond anything that the human mind can grasp, let alone write about.

"O saving Victim, opening wide the gate of heaven to man below, our foes press hard on every side, thine aid supply, thy strength bestow."
(St Thomas Aquinas)

19 May 2013 at 20:39  
Blogger Ian G said...

Listen carefully, not everyone says the same thing. Ecstatic? Not in the Greek. Anyone? Not in the Greek. (All who believe). Diversity? Yes, but - subject to the rest of scripture. Common Purpose?!!!! Definitely not in the Greek.

There are a few sub-texts in this video. Does the ABC realise this? If he does, does he approve?

19 May 2013 at 23:32  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Thank you Your Grace for this moving piece of film. The Archbishop sets the standard here when he calls us to a life of prayer and of love for one another within the brotherhood and sisterhood of believers.

20 May 2013 at 07:19  
Blogger Naomi King said...

Let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

20 May 2013 at 08:28  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Dear Ian

Thanks for the concern.

Unfortunately not very well recently and getting worse by the day with severe pains in my back (mid lumber region up to my neck).

Going for another xray but it doesn't look good.

Problems getting to sleep at night in comfortable position without severe pain and discomfort and matron puffing (not that kind off puffing ;-O ) up the pillows repeatedly.

Trying to keep up with threads but painful to be seated for any period so 'reading several comments then going for a rest' cycle.

However enjoying what is being discussed by all in reasoned arguments and hope that we 'swivel eyed loons' can win the argument re SSM and what real equality is rather than something passed to get a few votes from the few disgruntled of society who would probably never vote conservative anyway. Cameron must have so many bullet holes in that foot surely he is running out of ammunition to put in the gun. *Huge Chortles*

Regards to all communicants and HG.


20 May 2013 at 11:14  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Hope you are feeling better soon


20 May 2013 at 12:40  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


Thank you my boy, much appreciated.


Off for a lie down on the sofa and a quick read of the Racing Post.

20 May 2013 at 13:03  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

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20 May 2013 at 14:36  
Blogger Peter D said...


Best wishes too from this pilgrim who will say a prayer for you and, if you have no objections, light a candle.

Get well soon.

20 May 2013 at 15:28  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

I am going to light up Richard Dawkins
as a bonfire offering for Ernst. He is a very disturbed person.I saw him interviewed with his mother once and it was so obvious he has mother issues.( Not you Ernst..I am speaking of Richard have other issues..neck issues...craning of the neck looking up nursie's skirt leading to serious injury!

20 May 2013 at 15:55  
Blogger LEN said...

Ernst, get well soon we need you back here..regards to Tiddles.

20 May 2013 at 16:33  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Peter D

Thanks for the prayer and candle (suggest going easy on the candles as the energy policy is not looking hopeful and they maybe worth investing in as a green source of energy? ;-) Back to the joys of the 70's for us who remember shortly, no doubt).

"I am going to light up Richard Dawkins" If you got some of him left over please pass Ernst's way as it would make purest 'waccy baccy'..A Doobie/Dawkins...The similarities are that both are the link to mental health problems for dumb humanity!

Which reminds me ;
"What do you get when you cross a Jehovah's Witness with Richard Dawkins?
Someone who knocks on your door for no apparent reason."

"Richard Dawkins walked into a Oxford bar with God, Thor and Zeus,
The barman turned to serve him and said,
“Drinking alone again I see…"


Thank you my fine fellow. Tiddles says 'HEY' ;-)


20 May 2013 at 17:14  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

For Tingey. *Aahh Bless*

"Greg Tingey walked into a bar, but seeing no bartender he revised his initial assumption and decided he had only walked into a room…

Tingey accosted a preacher walking down the street. “Do you beleive in eternol life?” The poor preacher had no time to reply. “Well its a load of rubdbish!” shouted Tingey. “I beleive in sckience, evolusvchtion, survival of the frittest, and when we dye, that’s it! No eternool life, no great judgenment, and no God!” Tingey continued his assault against the shocked preacher repetitiously and tirelessly. “Eternalk life! Eternal livef! Ha! “Its all pye in the skye when you dye.” When I dye that’s it, the end, no eternool life, no nohtkthing. Tingey continued, until he reached his climax, “I will be burnied sixt foot under when I dye and that’s it! Nothing! Caput! When I dyed I am outterly convincked that that will be the end off me!” “Well thank God for that” replied the preacher!"


20 May 2013 at 17:27  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Greetings that fellow Blofeld. Sounds like you are beyond the Inspector's cure all of whisky and paracetamol, so get matron to give you something from the locked cupboard. A chap needs his sleep, what !

20 May 2013 at 18:51  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Greetings OIG

"Sounds like you are beyond the Inspector's cure all of whisky and paracetamol," Not beyond hoping I can scramble to Fathers Day and am rewarded with some quality scotch..WE live in hope?

"so get matron to give you something from the locked cupboard. A chap needs his sleep, what !" Ernst has a collection, via internet, of the deep, wise sayings and logic of Dawkins, so that should ensure I'm off before you can say 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.' zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Blowers, old chap.

20 May 2013 at 20:28  
Blogger IanCad said...

Well, I'm sorry to hear of your plight Ernst but it's good to see you up and at'em today.

May God bless and comfort you.

I had to laugh at Cressida's comment. I'm sure you did too.

20 May 2013 at 21:36  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Keep buggering on Blofeld. We need Christians like you more than ever now. Seems to be a deficit of them in the Commons, what !

20 May 2013 at 22:34  
Blogger Mr. Mcgranor said...

A state church must not blindly be an apparatus of the state, but must temper the state... A church controlled by the state, is a state controlled by its church.
From the great Commission, to supersessionism and stewardship; the Church of England and the United Kingdom was superior. Now it faces its postmodern self...
Its society (vast majority) demands a degraded church...
State of equalities dismantling, the world shows your supremacy. It curses you, but only after their Christening and clothes.

Happy Pentecost.

20 May 2013 at 22:36  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Well you are..
Msd that is.

Where is this BigSkyFairy then?
Produce some evidence of his/her/its/their existence, or shut up.

Same applies to all religions, of course.....

Incidentally, all the vilification of Dawkin=s shows:
ONE: None of you have ever read anything he has written
You are full of fear (& therfore hate) because he might be (actually is) correct.
You are as ranting (though not as dangerous) as those who would kill to defend islam or the hily communist revolution.
Reality is too dangerous to be allowed to roam around, after all.

21 May 2013 at 08:50  
Blogger William said...


My prayers are with you. Thanks for the #huge guffaws#. God knows we need them. Bless you.

21 May 2013 at 09:59  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...


Thanks for your kind thoughts, young man.


21 May 2013 at 12:07  
Blogger non mouse said...

O Welcome, Mr. Blofeld!! Espacelily @ 17:27 - that's brill; obviously spinal tribulation hasn't dulled your mental acuity!

For your return to health, my thoughts and prayers join with the others. You also have my deepest understanding. I can attest to the efficacy of spinal fusion for some such problems, though level and multiplicity of the involvement clearly affect outcomes. I trust you know a good and capable orthopod.

Wishing you the very best

PS: Your contribution is all the more needed because... well, others will also note the absence of Oswin, Mr. S, and the scarcity of Mr. bluedog! - Sadly, Mr. J told us he wouldn't use Google....

21 May 2013 at 18:25  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Ta me fav mouse-non,

"Espacelily @ 17:27 - that's brill;" Went down like a whole bucket of sick with the poor fellow...too much Nietzsche and Dawkins infects the funny bone producing severe Ostrichoevolva Nongenesis Imperfecta (technical term of reference) or Lost up their own jacksie (Non technical).

Ernst finds atheists only avenue to humour is via one way traffic on the hard shoulder of life...think its an 'angry ape' thing!!

*Big Hugs*


21 May 2013 at 20:01  
Blogger James King said...

What an audacious blasphemy.

Although I am a liberal, I would never seek to associate Jesus or His disciples with my preferred political party.

It makes me wonder whether you approach Christianity as just another way of hating people different from yourself.

23 May 2013 at 00:51  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

But the Church must love the sinner...
Presumably by burning them at the stake, as happened to Cranmer ...
Thus showing up the lying hypocrisy of the whole thing.
Errr ...

23 May 2013 at 09:34  
Blogger LEN said...

Greg forget' the Church' whatever that is....look to Jesus if you want to know what Christianity is all about.

26 May 2013 at 16:26  

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