Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Atheists and Apostates for Evensong?

Occasionally, the mainstream media will let slip something that reveals the incoherence of attempting to be a thoroughgoing pagan. Not so long ago, The Sydney Morning Herald, published an article which waxed lyrical about attending Evensong (A sung evening service, based on the quaint Prayer Book liturgy). According to the article, "Religions are the repository of our wonderful liturgical music and the majestic language of the King James Bible.  The soaring architecture evokes images of both the Medieval roots of our European history and the Victorian English who, whether we like it or not, shaped much of the Australian persona." In other words, the Christian faith is responsible for a lot that is amiable and good and a cursory examination of the (fading?) beauty of Western civilisation confirms this. Such honesty about the glories of Christendom (even from Christians!) is rare and yet, occasionally, the Truth breaks free. It's one of the many challenges that pagans face - attempting to be King in God's world. You can only do it for so long and then you begin look pathetically silly. It's like the child, who tries to slap their father, all the while, sitting on daddy's knee. Such folly is wonderfully illustrated in the conclusion of the Herald article which says: "I propose that we have a society, Atheists and Apostates for Evensong.  And I further suggest that we gather and attend sung Evensong in every city that it is sung. None of us should let this atrophy continue." My Oh My - what a schizophrenic world to inhabit...! Rather than continue in such madness, I simply urge any atheists, apostates and agnostics to forget such folly and turn to Daddy saying...

Our Father,
who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever.

And for those who prefer the sung version...

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