December 20, 2007

Hits bottom and keeps digging - Archbishop of Canterbury

Dr. Rowan Williams should be truly ashamed of himself. From The Telegraph:
Archbishop says nativity 'a legend'
The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a 'legend'.

Dr Rowan Williams has claimed there was little evidence that the Magi even existed and there was certainly nothing to prove there were three of them or that they were kings.

He said the only reference to the wise men from the East was in Matthew's gospel and the details were very vague.

Dr Williams said: "Matthew's gospel says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere outside the Roman Empire, that's all we're really told. It works quite well as legend."

The Archbishop went on to dispel other details of the Christmas story, adding that there were probably no asses or oxen in the stable.

He argued that Christmas cards which showed the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, flanked by shepherds and wise men, were misleading. As for the scenes that depicted snow falling in Bethlehem, the Archbishop said the chance of this was "very unlikely".
Christ on a corn dog -- next, this twit will be saying that the tooth fairy doesn't exist and that Santa is a myth too. Of course the events of the nativity can never be known, they are mysteries. Each of the elements of the nativity story is a metaphor for part of the spiritual journey and together, they form a very touching story. What is his next utterance, how next will he try to destroy the beauty of this religion. A big tip of the hat to Maggie's Farm for the link and one of the commenters there echos my thoughts exactly:
It is another example of how liberalism has infected Christianity. The Bible has a name for men like the Archbishop-false teacher! Scripture implies that false teachers and prophets will be judged more harshly. My question is how can men like him not see that? Aren't they the least bit concerned that they may in fact be teaching false doctrine? Of course the Bible warns about that also.
So true... Posted by DaveH at December 20, 2007 6:56 PM | TrackBack
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