Top Ten 2011

Here are the top ten posts from 2011, in reverse order.

10 – Giles Fraser massacres Scripture yet again – A frank yet accurate examination of Fraser’s Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today programme at the start of the year
9 – Boston Gay Marriage – TEC have completed the Circle –  Looking at the liturgy used in the Boston cathedral service as part of the ongoing series of exploring the theology in same-sex blessing services
8 – Stephen Green Exposed –  A thoroughly unpleasant man is shown for what he is
7 – While we’re having a go at the Eucharist, how about Cathedrals? – This one was controversial as I asked the question as to what Cathedrals were there for in the first place
6 – Everybody Out – Some honesty about gay bishops in the Church of England and the politicking around them
5 – When Will the Rapture NOT Happen? –  A bit of fun around Harold Camping’s heresy
4 – Breaking – Christians with Traditional Moral Views can still be Foster Parents – Getting to the core of what the ruling in Derby actually meant
3 – Just to Educate – In the midst of the Rugby World Cup
2 – What is Marriage? – Children –  Great conversation in the comments here on exploring issues raised by the George et al paper in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

And the number one post in 2011 was….

1 – David Cameron’s Easter Message – Short but sweet and got picked up on by loads of political bloggers

A total of 205,150 unique page views was a 23% increase over 2010’s 166,646. That’s all right then.

What next? Shall I attempt some predictions?

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2 Comments on “Top Ten 2011

  1.  Would it be self serving to ask for a top ten of the most prolific posters on this blog? ;-)

     7 was a bit spurious: I see that the attendance at St.Mary’s, Glasgow, is up again, and I’m not even sure how many evangelicals care especially about cathedrals (isn’t the whole idea of Mother Churches, like vestments and liturgy somewhat – relatively speaking – High Church?). Cathedrals do attract genuine seekers after truth (either consciously, or those drawn by aesthetic leanings that are not necessarily unrelated to a deeper spiritual calling), and inflicting Shine Jesus Shine and electric guitar solos on them would be both a betrayal of our rich liturgical tradition and (of course more importantly) unlikely to win souls. 

      If memory serves, #8 found Jill (hello Jill!) defending Green, in the same way, that, when you provided a robust scientific rebuttal to the ‘Christian’ Institute’s objection to the gay blood ban she said (I paraphrase, but not by much) that statistics and facts are irrelevant and no right thinking person would want blood from a gay. I hope you appreciate that this blog’s ministry (as such) is as much as corrective to misapprehensions found by some on the ‘conservative’ ideological team as it is the ‘liberal’ one.

     Keep up the good work. Happy new year! :-) 
     

    • Christmas attendance seems to have been significantly up at my cathedral ,Chichester, with a noticeable increase in the number of young adults (20s and 30s). Huge crowds at carol services and over midnight/Christmas day (and we aren’t a vast building). There is an article in the Telegraph saying the same thing -http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8970031/The-return-to-religion.html
      I would very much doubt whether this indicates anything at all except a certain uncertainty about life and the future at the moment and I don’t think that anything more should be read into it.

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