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Letters to AO

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Letters from 9 to 15 January 2006

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It's not life, it's television

Can we please have some comment (and action) on the awful presentation of Christian living portrayed on the premiere of "The Book of Daniel?" I was hoping the show would be more along the lines of "Joan of Arcadia," but it was far too inappropriate in too many ways to even list here.

There was so much to be learned from the way the family learned to accept the gay son -- instead of holding him up to mean-spirited ridicule from family members.

The Bishop's wife could have been depicted as senile without using the graphic words. The shock value of their exchange as they were going to the car was enough to show her illness extremes without being inappropriate for viewers.

Dysfunction in a family can be depicted in a way to help people deal with their own problems, but everything about this show was mean-spirited and not funny.

I will not give this show a second chance, although I had great hopes for it.

Ruth Anne Harris
Grace Episcopal Church
Fairfield, California, USA
9 January 2006

(Ed: for those of you who live outside the USA, the US's NBC Universal network has launched a television soap opera programme 'The Book of Daniel' whose protagonist is an Episcopal Priest. The programme is not universally admired.)

Don't forget the Book of Daniel

How quickly we forget some of the steps along the long journey that — through time and place — have delivered the sacred manuscripts, clergy and sacraments to our day.

Part of that journey includes archaeological evidence for: a woman priest (in a fresco in the Catacombs of Priscilla, Rome); a woman bishop (in a mosaic at St. Praxedis, Rome) and even some evidence of church rites for same-sex blessings across mediæval Europe.

The conservative/liberal divide of modern Anglicanism is hardly a new one either. For according to the first Book of Common Prayer:

‘And whereas in this our tyme, the myndes of menne bee so diuerse, that some thynke it a greate matter of conscience to departe from a peece of the leaste of theyr Ceremonies (they bee so addicted to their olde customes), and agayne on the other side, some bee so newe fangle that they woulde innouate all thing, and so doe despise the olde that nothing canne lyke them, but that is newe: It was thought expediente not so muche to haue respecte howe to please and satisfie eyther of these parties, as howe to please God, and profitte them bothe' (BCP 1549)

Martin Murray
St. John's Cathedral
Hong Kong Island, HKSAR
10 January 2006

Earlier letters

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