Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Prime ministers and archbishops pay worthy tribute to the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

12 Comments:

Blogger ardenjm said...

This Chief Rabbi has been tremendous - I've never failed to learn something from him whenever he has spoken and written.
Wise, courteous, pacific and even capable of making common accord with Richard Dawkins.

He possesses real moral authority and I can't think of one Anglican or Catholic Bishop at the moment who is his equal (yet). As much as I admire Rowan Williams - he lacked the intelligence of his office. Lord Sacks had it in spades.
As for our Catholic Bishops - with one or two honourable exceptions: mere bureaucrats...

25 June 2013 at 13:43  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Yes the Chief Rabbi has made an outstanding contribution to the Judaeo-Christian position. Now we wait for a senior Christian leader, of any denomination, to achieve that high level of contribution towards the common good.

25 June 2013 at 14:12  
Blogger David B said...

Apart from an unfortunate mis-spelling of his name, the eminent scientist does an admirable fisking of Sachs in his blog 'Why Evolution is True'.

I don't usually post links to this blog, but this one should comvincingly show why the bishops and Prime Ministers who give Sachs such a tribute are more than a little wide of the mark.

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/wacky-rabbi-sacks-religion-is-here-to-stay-because-of-evolution/

David

25 June 2013 at 15:49  
Blogger David B said...

I should have said 'the eminent scientist Jerry Coyne' but got a bit carried away.

David

25 June 2013 at 15:51  
Blogger david kavanagh said...

It was good to watch the various tributes. I think Lord Sacks will be missed as Chief Rabbi...

25 June 2013 at 16:32  
Blogger JohnH said...

I wasn't aware that Lord Sachs had asserted that evolution wasn't true.

25 June 2013 at 18:59  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

I wasn't aware that the rabid Dawkinist Jerry Coyne was an eminent scientist.

25 June 2013 at 23:04  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

An excellent tribute to our chief rabbi

26 June 2013 at 14:59  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi david,lord sacks is spelt correct, btw for example british jews tend to anglicise names, eg it is marks, not marx and spencer..,.

26 June 2013 at 15:25  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace,

Jolly good show! We can naturally ignore the negativity of David B, who would only be satisfied if said Chief Rabbi were an atheist!

Now,Lord Sacks is an outstanding theologian and has (as this video shows) been a Wise Counsel to various Prime Ministers (of all parties- note, though how Bliar is typically self-centred) and Anglican Archbishops, as Daniel was to the court of Babylonia! I have to say many a time his teaching and books have meant more to me than some of the rot that comes from my own Anglican Church (of course Jesus was Jewish, so no surprise that his People are equally as astute).

Chief Rabbi Sacks will be widely missed, both among the Jewish community and to us gentile Christian folk. I will him well.

God bless him and his family!

26 June 2013 at 20:32  
Blogger david kavanagh said...

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28 June 2013 at 14:43  
Blogger david kavanagh said...

David B,

Thanks for that link. I am not sure why this link is meant to demonstrate that the warm words of Bishops and Prime Ministers about Rabbi Sacks are 'wide of the mark'.

I did read the original article from Lord Sacks and then the 'frisking' your man gave it.

It seems that Jerry Coyne got some of his argument against Sacks wrong saying Sacks made his argument about Darwin up, then later on admits Sacks was correct.

Secondly I think he claims to be a 'cultural Jew', which is OK, but it seems attacking part of your culture (the religion) doesn't seem to be the best way to show that.

Thirdly he uses the phrase 'shame in front of the gentiles' from one of his european supporters. This is something which ironically he is doing in this article, because in Jewish tradition Rabbis (even to secular Jews) are treated with a lot of respect for their learning and knowledge, of which Sacks has in abundance.

That is not to say Rabbis should not be questioned or criticised, but mocking a Rabbi for his title and his office as a Rabbi seems a tad shameful to me.

Fourthly I just can't see where this 'good frisking' comes in. It seems to me nothing more than simple rant against someone who is religious.

28 June 2013 at 14:46  

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