If today’s Times is anything to go by, Nick Clegg is in good company. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has declared that the story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a “legend”. Three paragraphs into the article and every school nativity play is knocked for six:
“Further, there was no evidence that there were any oxen or asses in the stable. The chances of any snow falling around the stable in Bethlehem were “very unlikely”. And as for the star rising and standing still, the Archbishop pointed out that stars just don’t behave like that……for good measure he added, Jesus was probably not born in December at all. Christmas was when it was because it fitted well with the winter festival”
So there you have it – wrong time, wrong place and wrong people!
Dr Williams, speaking live on Radio Five yesterday, did launch a last ditch effort to save Christianity with the quip that one of the few things that almost everyone agreed on was that Jesus’ mother’s name was Mary. An entire religious system, touching virtually every country on earth and influencing political, moral and cultural outlooks across the globe - all based on the fact that there is a universal agreement that Jesus had a mother called Mary!
Naturally, there is more to Christianity than the knowledge of Jesus’ maternal lineage. However, when faced with the recent plethora of sanctimonious twaddle as to the degree with which societies “PC” outlook is destroying traditional religious practises, perhaps we should look closer to home. The Christian hierarchy is doing a pretty good job itself in dismantling its own credibility and relevance.