Thursday, 29 November 2007

Tutu: Morally right, theologically wrong

[...] although Tutu is a great preacher - his whoops and bellows must have shattered many a Radio 4 listener's peaceful evening - he is not much of a theologian. Buerk here proved himself a terrific, dispassionate and analytical reporter. Not content with the scoop of his interview, he found contributors willing to tear the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to shreds.

Ann Widdecombe took all of ten seconds to demolish the argument that God Made Me This Way, Therefore I Am Perfect. He made disabled people, too, and God, through his son, went about healing them. Christ was big on warning us against judging - cast not the first stone - but made it clear that God judged: he told the woman to go forth and sin no more. George Carey, the former Arch of Cant (as I like to call them), pointed out that you could deduce what Jesus thought not from what he did not say, but only from what he did, and Jesus made it clear that marriage was sacred to him.

Robert Duncan, the conservative Episcopalian bishop of Pittsburgh, summed up the case against: "While I would not challenge his right to be recognised as a Nobel laureate, to claim and be known as an archbishop and say that the Bible is not to be seen as the standard and 'I am not much concerned about it' and 'People pay too much attention to it' is a shocking thing for a bishop to say." It was hard not to conclude that Tutu was morally right, yet theologically wrong. Read more
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