Here is a honest man of the cloth

who admits there are times he has doubts about god but he is certain of Jesus H. Christ.

He is the venerable Archbishop of Canterbury otherwise known as the nominal head of the C of E and its several million followers around the world.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

58 thoughts on “Here is a honest man of the cloth

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Over my lifetime there have been several clerics for whom I’ve had a great deal of time. Whatever their beliefs, their humanity has been impressive. And anyone who has doubts and says so is generally likely to be a ‘good egg’. It’s the blind-faithers who cause the mayhem.


    • makagutu says:

      My interaction with clerics have been far and far between and the ones I have had a good time with, were the ones who would visit my uncle for a drink and there was no theology being discussed.

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  2. “He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith.” Excellent answer. Faith. It’s such a great thing to say you have. We need to honor people of “faith” and give great reverence to them for admitting they possess it. Thus, when “faith” in the divine word of one’s creator compels them to fly commercial jetliners into high rise buildings causing the death of 3000 people, we should give them a thunderous round of applause for having “faith.” Right. Bull. This preacher sounds like he’s a decent man, but he’s not a decent man because of his preacher status nor because of his “faith”. He’s a decent man because he’s a decent man. This bullshit about “faith” being an admirable trait is harmful, illogical, and false. We make up who we are, not belief in invisible silliness. “Faith” in invisible guys is not something I want my Government leaders running my country on.

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    • makagutu says:

      It would be more honest to say they can’t explain why and leave it at that. To defer to faith as an answer is a great cop out. I too do not like to hear government operatives telling me they have faith something is gonna happen while they do nothing.


      • Especially when it’s faith to “god” they differ to and people thunderously applaud them for it. Why not praise ISIS then? Are they not acting out of their “faith”? If faith alone is honorable, then those dudes in ISIS exude it out of every pore in their bodies. It is a specific faith politicians and christians bible thumpers claim is good: theirs. All others, in their eyes, do not count as real faiths. How then does this differ from ISIS? It differs not at all. Judging and damning others then saying you do it out of faith is cowardly, weak, and primitive. The christians who condemn gay people because they claim their faith tells them to, must condone what ISIS does. It is either admirable and applaudable to do things based on solely on faith or it is not. It can not be OK to applaud faith only when it is your own. Faith is either an admirable thing to have or it isn’t. I say, it is not.


  3. john zande says:

    I’m confused. If you doubt the existence of the god of the Pentateuch, how on earth can you be happy in Jesus? If the man existed, which i doubt, he was, quite evidently, just another mystic.


  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    At least, as a leader, he admits he has doubts. Can you imagine some of these radical extremists even entertaining that admission? Of course not! They want every ill-begotten coin and bill they can get their greedy hands on! Great insight, my Nairobi brother! 😉


  5. I read this article on news site earlier today, and I had the same thoughts as John. If Jesus is god, how in the hay does he have doubts about god, but not Jesus?


  6. ejwinner says:

    Technically, the head of the Church of England is the monarch, currently Elizabeth II. That’s really important when understanding the complex ways the CoE is integrated into English culture, law and politics. It is not simply a dominant church of the nation, it is *the* church of the nation, all others technically allowed through forbearance and laws establishing toleration. If the monarch ever took it upon herself to engage in theology and claim divine inspiration, England would default into a theocracy (although I am sure this would not be allowed, since the monarch has little direct authority).
    It is rather amusing and disappointing to recognize how archaic the situation is, and many British critics have grumbled about it.


  7. ladysighs says:

    But he added: “It is not about feelings, it is about the fact that God is faithful and the extraordinary thing about being a Christian is that God is faithful when we are not.”

    I sure wonder what the good Archbishop’s definition of faithful is.


  8. Missed this, sorry. It’s a top job, not one to quit in a hurry. But as you advance up the eschelons of power, don’t any principle and ethics get left behind?

    Either way, the story in the Telegraph didn’t really hang together. Poor reporting or religious doubts? Who knows?

    I had a great pal who was a minister. I could never understand why he was. He went to join the army (automatic ranking as a captain) and we lost touch after that 😦


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