Sunday, 4 September 2016

In Memoriam: Dr David Jenkins, Former Bishop of Durham

Now round Durham's old hallowed stones
The wind blows in sorrowful tones
For what could be finer
Than defending the Miner?
Pray God does his trick with those bones.


  1. Surely only the Anglican Church could ordain as a bishop a man who denied two of the basic tenets of our religion: the virgin birth and the resurrection. St Paul made some comments in I Corinthians 15 which seem pertinent.

  2. Those of us who do not want magic and nonsense in our religion are grateful for the life and work of Bishop Jenkins, and any reading of 1 Corinthians 15 reveals a mass of rhetoric and confusion which it is a Christian duty to resolve into a coherent faith as quickly as possible.

  3. But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

    Seems clear enough to me.

  4. It's a shame that the myths about what he actually said are still perpetuated. He said that the Resurrection was NOT just a conjuring trick with bones. The press interpreted that as denying the resurrection. He was a great thinker but constantly mis-reported.


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