Easter miracle of stand-up Archbishop
We missed this when it happened, but the Archbishop of Canterbury’s hilarious Easter sermon deserves a late mention. In it he gives a plug to the upcoming Da Vinci Code film, comparing its implausible conspiracy theory plot with the far-more-credible “historical basis of faith”.
As someone remarked after a television programme about the Da Vinci Code, it’s almost that we’d prefer to believe something like this instead of the prosaic reality.
Now, here at MWW we have no truck with Dan Brown style myth-mongering, but take a look at what Rowan Williams is saying here. By “something like this” he means the idea that a 1st century rabbi got married and had kids. Compare this to what he regards as the “prosaic reality”: that this rabbi was executed, rose from the dead three days later, walked through walls, then rocketed up through the clouds to heaven by the power of magic.
The real miracle is that the Archbishop didn’t raise a single laugh.