One can only hope that the power of Catholic Church is being weakened by a better educated society. The quote comes from the Bishop of Lancaster, who complains that educated Catholics in high public office aren’t as likely to fall for the same old lines that suckered in the people back in the Dark Ages. From the article:
The bishop said that influential Catholics had set a bad example and corrupted the faith of those who had not gone to university.
Get away from those books! You naughty, naughty people!
Combining a response to the last two posts, I think the correct response is “Blessed are the cheesemakers”
The bishop’s quote is priceless! :~)
I’m not sure that he quite understood how silly he sounded. At the very least, his comments support the position that there’s a sort of evolution away from primitive beliefs into a more humanistic and considered society; that he’s admitting that the church is out of date and irrelevant in the modern age.
I reckon the good bishop’s not too well educated himself…
(hello 🙂 i’m a friend of james’. he sent me here to look at churchmen making fools of themselves cos he knows i like that kind of thing)
I can’t really comment on how well the bishop is educated, but there’s certainly a difference between knowledge and nowse. It also seems to me that someone indoctrinated into conflating belief and faith with knowledge will tend to be scared of the spread of proper education, especially into science-related subjects.
My latest favourite science/aethist blogger is HJHOP, whose potty-mouthed lambasting of the latest from AIG, is akin to turning over rocks and treading on the malodorous slugs found under it. There’s so many rabid creationists on AIG that make enormous fools of themselves when they pretend to know anything about science.
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