Friday, May 12, 2006

Living Dangerously

Eastertide

This one's for Creech and Noakes.

The Venerable Bede records this excerpt from a letter written by Pope Gregory to Abbot Millitus upon the latter's journey to Britain:

"Therefore, when by God's help you meet our beloved brother, Bishop Augustine (of Canterbury), we wish you to inform him that we have been giving careful thought to the affairs of the English, and have come to the conclusion that the temples of the idols in that country should on no account be destroyed. He is to destroy the idols, but the temples themselves are to be aspersed with holy water, altars set up, and relics enclosed in them. For if these temples are well built, they are to be purified from devil-worship, and dedicated to the service of the true God. In this way, we hope that the people, seeing that it's temples are not destroyed, may abandon idolatry and resort to these places as before, and may come to know and adore the true God. And since they have a custom of sacrificing many oxen to devils, let some solemnity be substituted in its place, such as a day of Dedication, or the Festivals of the holy martyrs whose relics are enshrined there."

Quoted in Bruce D. Reed, The Dynamics of Religion: Process and Movement in Christian Churches (London: DLT, 1978), 104-105.

This inspired me. When I get back to the United States, I'm going to start visiting churches and replacing American flags with crosses.

Wonder how long it'll take me to be martyred?

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6 comments:

J Hearne said...

It depends if you sneak into churches and do it or if you do it on Sunday mornings.

lizcreech said...

You go Kyle, but due to family and such I can't offer to drive the get away car!! I will pray for you while you are out on your raids though - HEE HEE!!

+ Alan said...

Wooo HAAA!! Tearin' down the idols! Oh my.

Rev Sam said...

Ha, very good. Perhaps I should start by condemning the Civic Service as Erastian idolatry....

-mike- said...

I think America lost her soul when she put her flag in place of Christ's Cross...

Kyle said...

hahaha

Cute.