Vicar Sees Dogma, Forgets Its a Joke

From the Guardian:

A statue of the crucifixion has been taken down from its perch on a church in Sussex because it was scaring local children and deterring worshippers, a vicar admitted today.

The Rev Ewen Souter, the vicar at St John’s Church in Horsham, West Sussex, ordered the removal of the 10-foot sculpture of Jesus on the cross just before Christmas, branding it “unsuitable” and “a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering”.

Souter, who has been vicar at St John’s since 2001, believes the modern new cross – designed by artist Angela Godfrey – will present “a positive message of hope” on the side of his church.

“We’re all about hope, encouragement and the joy of the Christian faith. We want to communicate good news, not bad news, so we need a more uplifting and inspiring symbol than execution on a cross.”

“It wasn’t a suitable image for the outside of a church wanting to welcome worshippers. In fact, it was a real put-off.

Souter, formerly a cell biologist, said: “The crucifix expressed suffering, torment, pain and anguish. It was a scary image, particularly for children. Parents didn’t want to walk past it with their kids, because they found it so horrifying.


And in other news today, the Dalai Lama decided that the Eight Fold Path was just too long for people to remember, and was a stumbling block to converts, and chose to limit it down to two.  Also, a group of Orthodox Jews admitted that 613 laws are far too many, and they were never able to memorize them in the first place.  They will now celebrate 42.
The sculpture may well be ugly, and I’d get rid of it just because of that!  And granted, he will replace it with a sanitized cross.  But the reasoning that the crucifix is a “horrifying depiction of pain and suffering” is flabbergasting.  Yes, and that’s the point!  There’s a reason that’s our image and not the Buddy Christ.
Someone needs to become reacquainted with 1st Corinthians 1:22-24.  The Jews demand signs, the Greeks demand wisdom, and we demand a slick image.
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