Thursday, September 17, 2009


The rational argument is that when Jesus Christ was born as a human being, the taking on of flesh by God changed for ever the status of the human body. It is a "temple of the Holy Spirit". Once saints are in heaven, honouring their mortal remains is to honour the God who made them saints.
What's the irrational argument, Chris?


Jon Barnard said...

Chris Howse is amazing. In a recent article arguing in favour of the existence of angels, he said the following:

'They have become an adult craze. Gone are the merely jokey fancies, such as the angel Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) or John Travolta, heaven help us, as an angel in Michael (1996). Unjokey books like Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne or Angels Watching Over Me by Jacky Newcomb sell millions.

Miss Jacky Newcomb, at the paranormal end of the angel spectrum, enjoys endorsements from Uri Geller. Miss Lorna Byrne, whose memoir Angels in My Hair was bought for a six-figure sum by the publishers of The Da Vinci Code, is more devotional. "Remember strangers give you messages from your Angels too." she says. "It could be a shop assistant, a bus driver, a neighbour's child."...

If you ask me, there's something in all this. One day, after lunch, the late Jennifer Paterson, formerly one of the Two Fat Ladies, accidentally locked me out of my house in Shepherd's Bush by closing the front door behind us in the front garden. What impressed me was her instant success in attracting the attention of a passing youth and persuading him to shin over the back wall and break into the house.

I assumed he was part of the skilled Shepherd's Bush burgling community. Later I wondered: perhaps it was an angel.'

He is a comic creation of some genius.

dearieme said...

He ensures that I remain a resolutely protestant atheist.

Peter Risdon said...

I think I saw that piece about angels. Incredible.