Jesus the Snake god
Granted I have had a couple of glasses of wine and I haven't blogged properly in months and, accordingly, no one will read this, but a man has to do what a man has to do. I swear I am not making up the following story.
They are, however, differences with which the Church of England has increasingly little problem. One priest, the Rev David Hart, a convert to Hinduism, has been allowed to continue to officiate as a cleric. His diocese renewed his licence even though he had moved to India, changed his name to Ananda (Sanskrit for "happiness"), and participates daily in pagan fire offerings to the snake god Nagar, and offers prayers to the elephant god Ganesh.
He also offers namaaz at Muslim prayer halls. He sees no contradiction between these practices and his duties as an Anglican priest; he said he will officiate in a Christian church and a Hindu temple because "My philosophical position is that all religions are cultural constructs? The modern world is no longer dominated by any single form of belief. It is a world of religious pluralism. The Anglican Church firmly believes in engaging itself fully in inter-faith dialogues. God is the same irrespective of whether you pray to him in a temple, church or mosque."
Ah so. Jesus of Nazareth is the very same guy as the snake god Nasar, or the elephant god Ganesh...... no difference........ all is relative....... Yahweh, Buddah, Sun Yung Moon ..... why try to differentiate, eh? Drawing distinctions is so hard ...... relax .... don't worry .......
John the Mad's first principle of philosophy. Something cannot both be and not be at the same time. (It's the Catholic Thomist in me.)
Whew! Had me going for a moment.................. (I rarely criticize other denominations, but there is little the CofE/Anglican Church can assert or support that will shock me for long.)