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"Stop! Doesn't the Bible say, 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'?" "The Bible says a lot of things. Shove her."
Deliberate strategy by Number 10 to make it look as if the Speaker/Parliament is frustrating the will of the people. Speaker obliged to point to Erskine May (parliamentary Bible) and say it can't be done. It's complex and most people won't get it. Job done by Team Boris
@14_HK_29 Oct
If she preaches about God a lot or has a bible verse in her bio she for the streets, don't fall for it lool
Read your bible because everything you're going through is in there. Pray because we can't conquer the world by our willpower alone. Be anxious for nothing, cast all your burdens unto him, fear nothing and joy is yours. SIMPLE
@iamodeal16 Oct
You don't know about being triggered till you've read the bible
at no point in the Bible does Jesus respect the troops. Food for thought
once the clocks go back it's ok to spend a quarter of your monthly income on one coat the bible says it
500 years after the expulsion of Spain's Jews, medieval Bible comes home https://t.co/2BAOvSh4tx
In my teens I was a polemical athiest (you need a hobby). I remember one schoolfriend thought he had me cornered. "If there's no God," he said, before pausing and smirking triumphantly, "Who wrote the Bible?" Arguing with Leavers is often like that.
God has always had a plan for me. A lot of people were praying for me. God showed me the way. Jesus saved me. I read the Bible. I want to talk to God. I love Jesus Christ. - Kanye West
@BhadDhad16 Oct
lady gaga when god released the Bible after she released Born This Way bryan’s clips on Twitter
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Nothing Will Persuade White Evangelicals to Support Impeachment

by Emma Green

New polling suggests that Trump’s base is totally unified behind the president, no matter what investigations might reveal.

Vatican launches new 'eRosary' bracelet

The gadget aims to help young Catholics pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel.

Kanye West's new gospel album 'Jesus is King' No. 1 on US Billboard charts

Kanye West is celebrating his new Gospel album reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts and American Bible Society says they are committed to giving Bibles to any of his fans inquiring to read the Word.

Harold Bloom Author and literary critic, dies at age 89

US news Harold Bloom, author and literary critic, dies at age 89 He prided himself on making scholarly topics accessible to readers and wrote the bestsellers The Western Canon and The Book of J Harold Bloom, a writer, literary critic and Yale professor, died Monday at age 89. Photograph: Fairchild Archive/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal The Anxiety of Influence and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and was teaching as recently as last week. Yale says Bloom died at a New Haven, Connecticut, hospital. Bloom wrote more than 20 books and prided himself on making scholarly topics accessible to the general reader. Although he frequently bemoaned the decline of literary standards, he was as well placed as a contemporary critic could hope to be. He appeared on bestseller lists with such works as 'The Western Canon' and 'The Book of J,' was a guest on 'Good Morning America' and other programs and was a National Book Award finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters His greatest legacy could well outlive his own name: the title of his breakthrough book, The Anxiety of Influence. Bloom argued that creativity was not a grateful bow to the past, but a Freudian wrestle in which artists denied and distorted their literary ancestors while producing work that revealed an unmistakable debt. He was referring to poetry in his 1973 publication, but 'anxiety of influence' has come to mean how artists of any kind respond to their inspirations. Bloom's theory has been endlessly debated, parodied and challenged, including by Bloom. Bloom openly acknowledged his own heroes, among them Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and the 19th century critic Walter Pater. He honored no boundaries between the life of the mind and life itself and absorbed the printed word to the point of fashioning himself after a favorite literary character, Shakespeare's betrayed, but life-affirming Falstaff. Bloom's affinity began at age 12 and he more than lived up to his hero's oversized aura in person. For decades he ranged about the Yale campus, with untamed hair and an anguished, theatrical voice, given to soliloquies over the present's plight. The youngest of five children, he was born in 1930 in New York's East Bronx to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Russia, neither of whom ever learned to read English. Bloom's literary journey began with Yiddish poetry, but he soon discovered the works of Hart Crane, T S Eliot, William Blake and other poets. He would allege that as a young man he could absorb 1,000 pages at a time. He graduated in 1951 from Cornell University, where he studied under the celebrated critic M H Abrams, and lived abroad as a Fulbright Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After earning his doctorate degree from Yale in 1955, he joined the school's English faculty. Bloom married Jeanne Gould in 1958 and had two sons. In the '50s, he opposed the rigid classicism of Eliot. But over the following decades, Bloom condemned Afrocentrism, feminism, Marxism and other movements he placed in the 'school of resentment'. A proud elitist, he disliked the Harry Potter books and slam poetry and was angered by Stephen King's receiving an honorary National Book Award. He dismissed as 'pure political correctness' the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to Doris Lessing, author of the feminist classic The Golden Notebook. 'I am your true Marxist critic,' he once wrote, 'following Groucho rather than Karl, and take as my motto Groucho's grand admonition, 'Whatever it is, I'm against it.'' In The Western Canon, published in 1994, Bloom named the 26 crucial writers in Western literature, from Dante to Samuel Beckett, and declared Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo among the contemporary greats. Shakespeare reigned at the canon's center. Many, however, had their own harsh criticism of Bloom. He was mocked as out of touch and accused of recycling a small number of themes. 'Bloom had an idea; now the idea has him,' British critic Christopher Ricks once observed. Bloom's praises were not reserved for white men. In The Book of J, released in 1990, Bloom stated that some parts of the Bible were written by a woman. (He often praised the God of the Old Testament as one of the greatest fictional characters). He also admired Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot and Emily Dickinson and the hundreds of critical editions he edited include works on Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Amy Tan. Bloom did write a novel, The Flight to Lucifer, but was no more effective than most critics attempting fiction and later disowned the book. In The Anatomy of Influence, a summation released in 2011, Bloom called himself an epicurean who acknowledged no higher power other than art, living for 'moments raised in quality by aesthetic appreciation'. His resistance to popular culture was emphatic, but not absolute. He was fond of the rock group The Band and fascinated by the Rev Jimmy Swaggart and other televangelists. He even confessed to watching MTV, telling The Paris Review in 1990 that 'what is going on there, not just in the lyrics but in its whole ambience, is the real vision of what the country needs and desires. It's the image of reality that it sees, and it's quite weird and wonderful.'

Kanye West: Jesus is King review – rap genius can't see the light

by Dean Van Nguyen

I n the beginning, Christianity rippled through the music of Kanye West . He was the star who made his name by envisioning a world where clubs would go wild in the name of Jesus and testified that before he left his planet he would touch the sky. West was happy to present as a natural born sinner who believed in scripture; a heathen with God in his heart. Chick-fil-A and Yeezy Boosts: what we learned from Kanye West's Jesus Is King But during the release of his 2016 album, The Life of Pablo , the rapper started talking up his work as being gospel music. Its opening song Ultralight Beam might have promised a collection to blow the roof off houses of worship, but West was content to only gesture towards biblical teachings. His new record, Jesus is King , is different. Completing the ideological journey he started three years ago, West arrives in front of the altar, arms stretched, dressed in all-white, ready to hand himself fully over to his lord. A Kanye West gospel album – with an accompanying film by Nick Knight set in James Turrell's Roden Crater – is an intriguing prospect for anybody who believes in the power of catharsis, a potential cleansing baptism after his hurtful Maga hat posturing, to wash away the perceived sin. What's Christianity about if not redemption? But Jesus Is King is too slight a record, too lacking in substance, to offer any sense of purification or real insights into West's mind. What we get is 27 minutes of perfunctory religious discussion that tell us little of God's place in the life of this one believer and almost nothing of God's place in the modern world. Like West's last solo album, the half-baked Ye , this is another slapdash project from a once great album-maker. Jesus is King finds West fumbling around like a sleepy Sunday morning churchgoer desperately searching through their trouser pockets for coins when the collection plate unexpectedly arrives. With only three songs stretching beyond the three-minute mark, the album is mostly made up of short sketches. Some are perfectly fine little ditties, but without more full-bodied tracks to act as support, Jesus Is King is a suite that constantly feels like it will blow away in the breeze. Confronted with the task of creating songs about religion, West delivers a set that lyrically is as thin as Bible paper. As you would expect, there are plenty of assertions of his faith: 'When I get to heaven's gates / I ain't gotta peak over,' he jerkily raps over the organ chords of Selah before the rapturous choir chants of 'Hallelujah' set in. On Closed on Sunday, he suggests turning off Instagram to spend more time praying with family, a statement that would spark significant eye-rolling from kid worshippers if they heard it coming from the church pulpit. A few tracks later, West sends guests Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons out to assert 'we have everything we need,' which feels a bit rich coming from a man who once asked Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1bn in his ideas. Religion in rap is not an alien concept, from Tupac's calls to hail Mary, to Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book, a dedicated – if alienating to many non-believers – meditation on the blessings of scripture. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly was palpably spiritual, presenting belief as a necessary ingredient in the balm that will sooth the US. Aside from some commentary on the country's 13th amendment – which abolishes slavery but leaves a loophole that suggests it is legal to enslave convicts, something West has previously called to be amended – he eschews heady topics and instead collapses into religious cliche. We don't get the madcap charm, funny metaphors or cutting introspection of his best work. Lines like, 'Use this gospel for protection / It's a hard way to heaven,' are begging him to go deeper, to reveal more about the personal struggle that has pushed him towards a spiritual project. The closest we get is a reference to his abandoned album Yandhi – 'Everybody wanted Yandhi / Then Jesus Christ did the laundry,' he raps on Selah – suggesting the content of the record was not compatible with his newfound beliefs (the leaks, however, say it would have been better). Equally slender is the orchestration. The album's sonic minimalism is evident in Everything We Need, a new version of the leaked song The Storm. Among the elements to be deleted from the song's previous draft are the layers of bass, a Jersey Shore audio clip, and a verse from the late XXXTentacion, rendering the song practically naked in comparison. 'Minimalism' isn't a synonym for 'flawed', of course – the best cut here is Follow God, which features a lean soul sample that evokes memories of Bound 2 – but too much of Jesus Is King feels unfinished, like West was forced to do the bare minimum to hastily meet a deadline. The reunification of the Virgina rap duo Clipse on Use This Gospel does promise a beautiful subplot to Jesus is King. Two brothers divided since 2014 are artistically reconciled – Pusha T's trust of West's vision snapping into line with No Malice's insistence that his music carries a positive message. But built around some dinky keys and West's distorted hums that sound hastily synched by a loop pedal, the song is frustratingly undercooked. An unlikely saxophone solo from Kenny G is surprisingly simplistic, not helped by West, who pushes him into the spotlight. West has spent his career investigating his own singular path, and he has contorted hip-hop with his particular genius. But it's hard to envision his base listening to Jesus is King and catching the holy spirit. This sharp turn isn't going to change the cultural zeitgeist. Rather, it's an album that feels like an oddity in the canon – a diversion before normal service is resumed. Except that he's already planning a follow up titled Jesus Is Born, suggesting secular music is off the menu for at least a little while longer. There's a pretty big question at play here. Last year's Wyoming sessions showed evidence that, after almost two decades at the top of the game as a producer and solo artist, West was facing a creative regression. These fears were somewhat soothed by excellent high points – Pusha T's laser-focused drug rap album Daytona, the West-Kid Cudi team-up Kids See Ghost, sections of Teyana Taylor's soulful KTSE. But Jesus is King might be the definitive assertion that West's golden period is over. Being reborn as a preacher might be good for his soul but don't expect it to be good for his ends.

John MacArthur rebukes Beth Moore, calls Paula White a 'heretic', slams all evangelicals who support women preachers

Pastor John MacArthur has rebuked popular Bible teacher Beth Moore, criticised Donald Trump's spiritual advisor Paula White as

Pope launches eRosary wearable technology that tracks worshippers' prayers

The Click to Pray eRosary from the Vatican is a wearable technology bracelet featuring a crucifix interface that tracks the user's worship and syncs with a smartphone app.

TobyMac and wife release statement on son's death indicating their love and faith in Him remains strong

Christian rapper TobyMac released a statement Thursday to the Tennessean on the death of his 21-year-old son Truett Foster McKeehan.

Controversial chain Chick-fil-A quietly opened second UK outlet in Scotland - despite LGBT row

The US food chain, which funds several anti-LGBTQ organisations and causes, has secretly opened another branch in the Highlands, despite facing backlash after opening an outlet in Reading

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Trump's new staffer is hilarious yet terrifying in full televangelist mode - our 7 favourite reactions

by Oonagh Keating

Donald Trump's new spiritual advisor and White House staffer is a "prosperity gospel" preacher who thinks saying no to him is like saying no to God.

The takedown of this person who defended the Bible in its entirety was sheer perfection

by John Plunkett

Clever comeback of the week surely goes to this person who had absolutely the final word in this exchange about (stick with us) the Bible. Someone called Deo Marte kicked things off by suggesting that anyone who reads the Bible in its entirety won’t end up believing in God. A Christian begged to differ and, …

The takedown of this transphobic tweet about 'what God made' is heaven sent

by John Plunkett

Early contender for takedown of the week goes to comedian Dana Goldberg and her reply to someone called Kristen Hodges who describes themselves on Twitter as ‘Jesus. Nothing else’. Anyway, here’s what Hodges had to say – and what Goldberg said in reply – as shared by cygnus489 on Reddit. ‘Jesus said to …’ Heaven …

Awkward typo spotted in ‘Thiry-Third Edition' of contract law bible - Legal Cheek

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Twenty-five things that had us laughing out loud this week

by Oonagh Keating

There's been so much going on in the news that we tip our hat to anyone who kept up, but we tip our hats even more to these 25 people for making us laugh.

A 'science enthusiast' destroyed this slow-burning miracle with facts and very satisfying it was too

by John Plunkett

Over on Twitter @kayleecrain__ had a challenge for, well, a challenge for the rest of the world, basically. If God doesn’t exist, she said (in a since deleted tweet), then how come the alter and the cross remained untouched by the fire that rampaged through Notre Dame cathedral. And it was the test that @aSciEnthusiast …

Someone used the Bible to take down this Christian anti-abortionist and it's enough to restore your faith in something

by John Plunkett

It’s always good to see someone publicly owned, but it’s even better when it’s done with their own twisted logic. Or, in this case, the Bible. And just in case the two comments beneath are tricky to read, here they are again. ‘No, because that would mean that God planned a murder. He wouldn’t do …

Some Thoughts on the TV version of Sir Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'

by DM

The critics gushed on Monday morning ( as the TV preview writers had gushed over the weekend) about 'His Dark Materials'. The BBC's ultra-costly collaboration wiyth HBO which began at 8.00 p.m. on Sunday night on BBC1, a slot to kill for, on the first real Sunday of the dark season.   This is the third attempt to make visual drama out of Sir Philip Pullman's anti-Christian fiction. I've noted before that Sir Philip's earlier, more ordinary children's books, free as far as I can judge of anti-Christian propaganda, have never attracted the same almost obsessive admiration from the intellectual classes.    Please see the following links for some of my previous writings about this:   https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2014/05/is-this-the-most-dangerous-author-in-britain-philip-pullman-revisited.html   https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2018/03/how-to-be-a-figleaf-my-part-in-the-bbcs-philip-pullman-hagiography-.html   https://catholicherald.co.uk/issues/november-3rd-2017/peter-hitchens-whats-happened-to-philip-pullman/   The first attempt was a great flapping turkey of a film, though, as now, people made an effort to be polite about it at the time. I now glow with pride that I was perhaps the only journalist in London who wanted to go to the preview, but was not invited to the preview. I decline to believe that this was happenstance, or that my invitation was lost in the post. Indeed, the makers would not even tell me where it was to be shown, presumably in case I sneaked in via the fire exit, aided by a confederate, as I have heard some people have done when they could not get into the front entrance of a cinema.  I even contacted Sir Philip (as he then was not) to ask for his help against this obvious denial of liberty, but no help came. Maybe he was powerless in the matter.   Despite its ponderous, didactic tedium, the papers tried to be nice. One said 'though it lacks the impact or charm of The Chronicles of Narnia, the special effects are extraordinary and the film is sure to be a success with young audiences.'   Another said ' Philip Pullman declared that the screen version of his classic story lived up to what he was trying to achieve when he put pen to paper. 'The bestselling writer told The Times that the epic screen adaptation of the first instalment of his fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials -a spellbinding story of shape-shifting creatures and otherworldly characters in parallel universes was stunning.'   The Sun declared 'A seamless mix of live action and computer-generated images brings to life a colourful cast of weird and wonderful characters. From the countless animal daemons and massive warrior-like bears to the inventive aircraft and intricate instruments, the special effects are as stunning as the snow-covered landscapes they inhabit. But despite the computer trickery the cast, which also includes Eva Green, Jim Carter, Christopher Lee and Tom Courtenay, hold their own. Thirteen-year-old Dakota Blue makes an enchanting debut. With a dark and complicated plot and a few scenes that will have you jumping out of your seat, The Golden Compass is definitely not for very young children. But for older ones and adults who enjoy fantasy, it's a must, a well-written, beautifully delivered adventure.'   The Guardian proclaimed 'it certainly looks wonderful, with epic dash and a terrific central performance from Nicole Kidman, who may come to dominate our children's nightmares the way Robert Helpmann's Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang once did ours. It has no other challengers as this year's big Christmas movie.' Ah, well.  But others expressed doubts which turned out to be justified. It never really got off the ground, dramatically or commercially. Promised sequels were unmade.   There seemed to me to be a similar faint undercurrent in Monday morning's otherwise complimentary reviews. Great CGI. Sexy stars. But a bit wordy.   Having read the books, I was and remain unsurprised. It is simply not an obvious candidate for filming. It wouldn't be filmed or staged, in my view,  if it were not for Sir Philip's cult status as Arch-Atheist and all-purpose left-wing cultural figure, as underlined by his famous but later cancelled tweet about 'Boris' Johnson, ropes and lamp-posts.     The second attempt was a curious dramatization at the National Theatre in London, that temple of radical thought, which attracted the  sort of reviews which go on about how wonderful the puppetry is, but have less to say about how gripping the drama was.   Some people have suggested that the film flopped because of religious boycotts in the USA. Maybe this is possible. For sure, the Executive Producer of the TV series. Jane Tranter has gone on record in the USA to say that this series is not an attack on religion.   https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/his-dark-materials-bbc-hbo-attack-religion-philip-pullman-a9020306.html   'The religious controversy that was around the film was not relevant to the books themselves, she said, explaining:  'Philip Pullman talks about depression, the control of information and the falsification of information….there is no direct contrast with any contemporary religious organisation.'   'Philip Pullman, in these books, is not attacking belief, not attacking faith, not attacking religion or the church per se," Tranter said. 'He's attacking a particular form of control where there is a very deliberate attempt to withhold information, keep people in the dark, and not allow ideas and thinking to be free.' She added: 'At any time it can be personified by an authoritarian church or organisation, and in our series it's personified by the Magisterium, but it's not the equivalent of any church in our world.'   Odd that she should say that when Sir Philip himself said quite explicitly 'I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.' in an interview with Alona Wartofsky of the Washington Post published on February 19 2001 (Remember that the three books of the original trilogy were published between 1995 and 2000). https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2001/02/19/the-last-word/4bad376f-4ab7-441c-9c50-afc7e63dd192/    I'm very glad this article is now back on the Washington Post site and readily available, as it vanished for a while. I found many of Mr Pullman's partisans were unhappy about its open campaigning nature and reluctant to believe he had used such severe, direct words. I suspect his publishers, and the makers of the film and the TV series, also wish he had not been quite so blunt. Well, he did say them. He was that blunt. Judging by my dealings with him, he meant exactly what he said.    And, going by the first episode of 'His Dark Materials' , all I have yet seen, I think Ms Tranter may be fooling herself a bit.   The portentous opening sequence and titles, which I think must have cost a small fortune, play with the idea that Pullman's world is both like and unlike our own. I'll come back to that. Then the introduction gets very pseudo-religious.   The human soul, it says, takes the form of a daemon. This is Sir Philip's supposedly clever device, by which all characters are followed about by an animal (of the opposite sex to them) which in some way resembles their adult character.  Actually it's not that clever.  It hasn't been thought through. Do these creatures eat? Do they urinate and defecate? Do they sleep when we do, or do they pace and scramble around in our bedrooms as we snore and dream?  In what way are they the animals they resemble? How do they get on with household pets? Or don't they exist? Some of them growl and hiss, as well as talk in beautifully-modulated English. They appear to be physical. Lord Asriel's leopard-daemon chases a servant form the room with snarls and menace, and he flees as if it poses a bodily danger.   Do they take up actual space or are they phantasms of light and shadow?  Say your daemon was (as I suspect mine might be) a donkey, where on earth would I keep it?  Would it bray, or kick my opponents if they annoyed me in debates?   We are then told, solemnly, that the 'relation between human and daemon is sacred'.     Oh, yes. Sacred to what? Sacred in what way? Can things be sacred without a God? If so, is this the God of our world, or another one?    It's so sacred that the careful watcher of Sunday night's drama will have noted that minor characters, especially servants, do not have visible daemons. I could see none among the laundry workers or the kitchen servants, nor among most of the canal-dwelling Gyptians, who are politically-correct Sir Philip's beloved oppressed minority.  If the uniformed officer aboard the Zeppelin had a daemon, I couldn't make it out. Nor could I quite work out how Lyra Belacqua's furry-animal daemon, Pantalaimon, managed to get aboard the airship which took them to London. He appeared to be scampering far behind her as she ran across Merton meadow to the gangway, which she reached only just in time. But Pantalaimon somehow appeared beside her when she took her seat beside the supposedly sinister Mrs Coulter.   No doubt this rather uneven distribution of daemons, and the unclear laws governing their being, makes perfect TV sense. If everyone had an attendant creature the screen would be a throbbing, chattering, hissing, barking, braying, squawking mass of animal life, with no room for the people. But then, so would such a world be. And unless an awful lot of prejudices also ceased to exist, it would all be a bit obvious, wouldn't it? If a new senior executive turned up for work with a rattlesnake or a vulture perched on his shoulder, we'd know what was going on rather more quickly than you often do. People who found that their daemons were dung beetles, wasps, earwigs, earthworms or cane toads would be cheesed off for their entire lives, gifted from their teens with more self-knowledge than most of us want. It would be the death of guile, but maybe the birth of something else nearly as bad. The Samaritans would be busy.  I'm just pointing out that it's an interesting idea that doesn't really work, like a lot of what Sir Philip says.   So there are souls and there is sacredness? How odd in an atheist's propaganda fiction. What role does a soul have in a universe without Christ? What is the point of eternal life without eternal justice and an eternal purpose?  Is it that Sir Philip loathes Christianity but prefers some other sort of deity who equips us with souls whose purpose is surely to pre-exist and survive our physical sojourn on earth? If so, how does that work? What is this deity, and what is his or her purpose in giving us these daemons?   For the alternative world isn't that alternative. It's just   things we already know, but invented in a different order and given different names (like 'Gyropter' for 'Helicopter' and 'Anbaric power' for electricity. There are airships, but there are also railways (the aerial view of London in episode one completely changes the bridges across the Thames, but Blackfriars Bridge, though it rises in the middle like Tower Bridge, is clearly a railway crossing.  Pullman mentions an Oxford station in his books. So why on earth do people travel to London in dangerous, queasy, slow airships when they could go by train? It's another mystery.   The barges of the Gyptians (whose leaders dress in rakish gangsterish headgear if they were in a Tarantino film) move as if they have engines. But apparently the bicycle has not been invented, or the car, or the telephone.  The TV and the radio are also absent. There are newspapers, and police in rather modern uniforms. But academics dress like men from the 1930s, and servants like those of the Edwardian age. Yet somehow there is a mechanical device which can tell truth from falsehood, and a way of keeping a human head frozen in a block of ice for several days.   Then there is the 'the Magisterium … not the equivalent of any church in our world', that Ms Tranter tells us is being portrayed. Ho. Hum. A fairly obviously priestly member of the Jordan College senior Common Room wears a Roman collar and seems to be in some way a spokesman for the, or a, faith.   The 'magisterium' repeatedly referred to may not mean much to a lay audience, but it is a term used by the Roman Catholic Church to describe its supreme authority. I happen to know that in PullmanWorld, the Reformation is supposed to have ended in a compromise in which the ultra-Protestant John Calvin became Pope. But there's no hint of this in the first episode. Priests are addressed as 'Father' in the Catholic style. The symbol of the Magisterium is a sort of Maltese cross. It is adorned with all kinds of extra curlicues, but it is in the end a cross. This symbol is displayed in a fascistic great hall, built in the Nazis'  favourite material, a polished limestone, and presumably owned by the Magisterium. This colossal structure has apparently replaced Buckingham Palace and its gardens in the centre of London (if my rapid scan of the aerial view is right) . A senior cleric, addressed as 'Father' by a subordinate, also wears a tiny version of this odd cross on a pin stuck through his collar. A 'Cardinal' is  referred to in this conversation. This is a position inextricably and as far as I know exclusively associated with the Roman Catholic Church. If, as Ms Tranter says, the Magisterium is 'not the equivalent of any church in our world,' why does it have a cross as its symbol, priests addressed as 'Father' and senior officials called 'Cardinals'? Write on one side of the paper only.    I was also struck by a curious moment in Lyra Belacqua's life. She is being taught about what is obviously the Bible (King James version) by her tutor at Jordan college.   The passage under examination is Man's first disobedience, the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, Genesis Chapter Three, verses 1-8, which I often cite as a great metaphorical warning against human vanity and utopianism. Here si the whole thing. Please note especially the emphasised passage :      'Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.'   Now listen to what Lyra's tutor says as he quotes : '…your eyes shall be opened, and your daemons will assume their true form and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.'   The language is more or less the same, the passage is one of the most famous in the Bible, but it has been altered.  What was a dangerous temptation appears to be reordered as a reassurance. And although it is the most famous in the Bible, I doubt whether many of those watching realised that the person speaking in this passage is the Serpent, the allegorical personification of evil. I have to say this moment, beginning just before ten minutes into the iplayer recording https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000b1v0/his-dark-materials-series-1-1-lyras-jordan , seemed highly creepy to me. Who exactly does this world worship? I was strangely reminded of Roman Polanski's film version of Ira Levin's brilliant book 'Rosemary's Baby', which directly answers Yeats's question 'What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?'   So don't tell me this does not touch on any religious controversy.   I was also fascinated, as a resident of Oxford over many decades, by the CGI fantasy of the city. I couldn't make sense of the animal sculptures on the college pinnacles, or the barbarically neglected crypt with exposed bones in open sarcophagi, next to the college wine cellar. Much of the action seems to take place in New College, perhaps because it contains such a large chunk of the ancient city walls, but I think I spotted Magdalen cloisters too.    When I froze the frame to examine the alternative skyline, I saw that a large number of extra gothic spires had been jammed in, two apparently amid the classical glories of the Queen's College, and that the Radcliffe Camera had been strangely flattened. While some familiar landmarks (Tom Tower, Merton tower, the telescope towers of All Souls', the University Church) seem to have survived more or less unchanged, the city seems to have acquired even more churches than it already has. The old monastic buildings to the West, now utterly vanished thanks to Henry VIII, seem to have survived, and a rather Mussolini-esque and hideous pillared rotunda, surmounted by a flattened copper dome, stands roughly where the equally hideous new shopping mall now is. What can it be? I long to roam for a day in this alternative city and see what they are up to. Amusingly, the Victorian suburb of North Oxford, now one of the chief territories of political and social liberalism, simply does not exist. North of the colleges, fields and woods begin. How nice.   Does all this mean anything, or were they just playing with the technology? No doubt we shall find out, but my guess is that the whole thing has not been thought through, like the rest of Sir Philip's imagined world.  It is the anti-Christian message which has caught the attention of the cultural elite, and which runs through the story from start to finish. From what I recall of the books, whether they have tried to take the preaching out, or whether they have left it in, they are going to have to spend an awful lot of time on conversations in which the characters explain things to each other.  At length. I wonder if it will keep the 7.2 million viewers it picked up on its first outing.

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Yahoo Questions

Top Yahoo questions from the last 30 days.

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1 Nov
Is the 2017 and 2019 California wild fires I sign that's predicted in the book of revelation in the Bible?

by Bolton

Is the 2017 and 2019 California wild fires I sign that's predicted in the book of revelation in the Bible?

1 Nov
What did you think of COKE COLA trying to indoctrinate in the Christian nation of Hungary.?

by David

yes a big SATANIC company thought it could push with six coloured globalist religious views on a nation that is grateful for its JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HERETAGE and still likes to have a nation based on biblical ideas of what is correct to celebrate especially when comes to people health and what should never be celebrated such as the globalist company pushing homosexual behaviour with its SIX COLOURS WITH TWO MEN ON A POSTER and zero coke and zero tolerance for the BIBLE and THE CHRISTIAN FAITH but the government of Hungary just banned the SATANIC POSTERS STRAIGHT AWAY. I don't know if this is the only GLOBALIST SATANIC COMPANY to try this INDOCTRANATION IN CHRISTIAN NATION like Hungary but its obviously never been tried in one of the globalists favourite nations namely MUSLIM NATIONS.

1 Nov
Why do most Christians only focus on the bible and not the other scriptures?

by German Shepherd

Why do most Christians only focus on the bible and not the other scriptures?

1 Nov
Is it possible that the Bible was translated incorrectly and that we will never know what it truly says?

by German Shepherd

Is it possible that the Bible was translated incorrectly and that we will never know what it truly says?

1 Nov
Did Jesus really visit my hometown? ?

by German Shepherd

The child Jesus was believed to have visited Looe Island with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, who traded with the Cornish tin traders. Therefore, Looe Island became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians. I live in Looe. Where did this information originally come from? Does it say this in the Bible? 

1 Nov
Where in the bible does it speak of your double?

by Baby Doll

Where in the bible does it speak of your double?

29 Oct
Why can't Atheists admit that the Holy Bible doesn't contain a single lie and that the earth is indeed flat?

by Anonymous

Why can't Atheists admit that the Holy Bible doesn't contain a single lie and that the earth is indeed flat?

19 Oct
Why are liberals so against Jesus and Donald trump ?

by Anonymous

Don't liberals understand socialism and communism doesn't work the devil has already been defeated just read the Bible 

Christianity Stack Exchange Questions

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1 Nov
Did the disagreement between the Catholic church and Protestant church on the issue of salvation by grace alone end 1999?
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15 Oct
What is the name given to Jesus?
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3 Nov
What is the Jehovah's Witness official viewpoint of 12-step programs like AA?
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5 Nov
When is confession not confession in the RC church?
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28 Oct
Do spirits need bodies to manifest?
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21 Oct
What is an overview of explanations for why fallen angels are motivated to attack Christians?
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27 Oct
Does the parable of the Unforgiving Servant have implications re: "once saved, always saved"?
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22 Oct
Why use Yeshua instead of Jesus?
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16 Oct
Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood?
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