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Good Friday [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:09 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz says, "We won't be able to go to Oad Street; they'll be shut; it's Good Friday." And I tell her she's behind the times and the Church no longer controls the calendar. I'm right of course. The shop we want (they've framed one of Ailz's cross stitches for us) is open until 4.00 this afternoon.

I used to take Good Friday very seriously indeed. I'd be in church, cranking up the guilt machine, from twelve till three (or was it eleven till two, I forget) Those services were called At The Cross (or something like that and consisted of twelve 15 minute blocks- each containing a hymn, a reading, a sermonette and then another hymn. They were an ordeal. People came and went and for long stretches the church would be all but empty.  One very fine Good Friday the vergers opened the great west doors and left them open and the dusty sunlight and the fierce, spicy smell of the spring flowers came flooding in.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-04-18 09:27 am (UTC)
I write this to the sound of dustbins being collected. Go secularism! (All the same I can't stop a Thought for the Day voice in my head adding, "But you know, wasn't Jesus a bit like a dustman? Collecting the sins of the world and disposing of them? Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.")
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-18 10:18 am (UTC)
Polly Toynbee has an article this morning in which she says religious people are no better and no worse than anybody else and she's right of course. I'm a secularist too, but I have my twinges of religiosity.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-04-18 10:25 am (UTC)
For me, "secularism" isn't about belief or lack of - it's about the way society is set up. I don't like state-enforced religious holidays any more than I like state-funded faith schools or CoE bishops sitting ex officio in Parliament.

In terms of belief, I lean towards animism.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-18 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly, secularism is about getting the bloody clergy off our backs.

Animism is cool. I'm a bit of a pagan, a bit of a Buddhist, a bit of a theosophist, a bit of a Wiccan- even a bit of a Christian when the wind's in the right direction.
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