Sunday April 8th 2012 Tim
Toward the end
of the sixth century Pope Gregory of Rome sent missionaries to Britain.
A place Gregory considered the "ends of the earth." Just
awful, and there was probably some doubt as to whether the mission would
ever be seen again. Yet, Popes never do become Popes because they
When Gregory sent
his missionaries to Briton, the English King of Kent, the most powerful
pagan south of Scotland and east of Wales, was already married to a
Christian woman. He had the wonderful name of Ethelbert, and she
had the wonderful name of Bertha. She
came from just across the English Channel, where French or Franks lived
and still do.
But I guess the "ends of the earth" meant cold and wet, and lacking in
There have been two Saint
Augustine's. The first from North Africa. A great mind and
passionate theorist, as great minds tend to be when the world is a settled
place. The second Saint Augustine was the first Arch Bishop of
Canterbury, which is in Kent, and has the cathedral, and pilgrim tales.
This second Augustine was an adventurous politician with a duty to his Pope,
souls to save and a career to consider.
I mention all this, because I am firmly of the
opinion that Politics and Religion are precisely the same thing, and
have been since our species left the trees to run around as frightened
beings in the wide open spaces that make up the curse of imagination. And
those who call for the abstract of reason, have no understanding of what it
is we are, which is why too often the first Saint Augustine, the one from
Hippo, with his insistence that "We Are All Sinners," often makes more sense