Nissar Hussain leads Top 100 UK Christians 2015

 

The awards for the Top 100 UK Christians 2015 were announced, word spread and admonition radiated (just as it it did last year). #CranmerList2015 was explained (again), word spread (further), nominations trickled in, and speculation grew. The waiting is now over.

It was a very tight competition this year. It ultimately came down to single-digit differences between three principal contenders, any one of whom would have been worthy of the ‘most inspirational’ epithet, or however you want to interpret ‘Top 100 UK Christians’. But, by popular democratic consensus, you have chosen Mr Nissar Hussain as your No1 UK Christian for 2015, and many congratulations to him on being so affirmed in his faith and encouraged in his witness by so many readers of this blog.

At the risk of repeating last year’s ripostes to critics, one doubts that Nissar Hussain (or, indeed, his entire family) is under any illusion as to whether he is first in the kingdom of heaven or last in the city of Bradford (or vice versa). As last year’s winner Canon Andrew White bore witness, it is perfectly possible to receive democratically-bestowed appreciation and ministerial affirmation with grace and humility. It means that you have touched lives: people are thinking about you, praying for you, caring enough about your work, witness and ministry to nominate you. Their appreciation really doesn’t have to go to your head: it’s just a chance for news of your good works to spread.

Since his conversion from Islam to Christianity in 1996, Nissar Hussain, with his wife Kubra and their six children, have been driven from their home and subject to years of harassment, bullying, intimidation, criminal damage and violence at the hands of the jihadi vigilantes of Bradford. He has even been threatened with beheading (..in 21st-century England..), and below is how he looked just a few weeks ago after being battered with a pickaxe by those same professing disciples of Mohammed whose apprehension of the Religion of Peace is seemingly antithetical to religious freedom and somewhat at variance with the values of liberal democracy:

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The citations accompanying Nissar Hussain’s nomination were consistent and effusive. Here are just a few:

“For remaining steadfast in his Christian faith in the face of persecution to the point of attempted murder.”

“For bringing to us all the issues that Muslim converts experience on a daily basis here in the UK from within their cultural communities.”

“For openly sharing his conversion to Christianity and his love of Christ despite persecution and threats to his life.”

“He is overcoming extreme persecution for his beliefs.. Despite facing violent hostility, apparent indifference from the authorities and tactful silence from the Church of England, Mr Hussain and his family have made the brave decision to become Christians.”

“He remains faithful to Christ through fierce persecution.. He is an inspiration to fellow Christians and shames our masters..”

“He is overcoming extreme persecution for his beliefs..”

“For openly sharing his conversion to Christianity and his love of Christ despite persecution and threats to his life.”

To be chosen as the No1 UK Christian for 2015 is not an invitation to pride or an invocation of vanity. Nor is it a denigration of the efforts of other ministers or missionaries who contend for the Faith in a harsh and unforgiving world. This award is manifestly bestowed in appreciation of Nissar Hussain’s faithfulness and bold witness in the face of suffering and persecution.

Top 100 Christians 2015The other 99 winners are presented below. The spiritual variety and theological breadth of nominees reflects, once again, the ecclesial catholicity and theological breadth of this blog’s readership. The winners’ placement in any missional/ministry ranking must ultimately be left to the perfect judgment of God, for we cannot know hearts or judge motives. In the meantime, they are ordered by the cosmic lottery of patronymic designation (ie alphabetically), for children tend to be first in the kingdom of God (Mt 18): of the adults, the second shall be 98th and the 78th fourth.

It must be stressed (again) that the following people are recognised and honoured not because they are in any sense greater in the kingdom of heaven or more loved by Jesus (cf Jn 13:23), but because they are considered to have distinguished themselves somehow over the past year in their ministry, mission or Christian witness. The #CranmerList2015 does not constitute a lofty religio-political endorsement, but rather demotic appreciation of the scale and (often unseen and unknown) impact of their labours in the Vineyard of the Lord.

If your considered worthies are not named, it may because you didn’t nominate them. If you are irked that you yourself do not feature, meditate on Luke 15:25ff. If you are relieved that you have not been honoured, you have the luxury of being free to righteously condemn the whole concept over the coming days, and thereby move yourself into the frame for nomination in 2016.

The 99 British Christians who came second (or 99th) to Nissar Hussain are:

Arun AroraRev’d Arun Arora. Director of Communications for the Church of England. Nominated for “reaching his zenith” with the #JustPray Lord’s Prayer cinema campaign, which received more than a million views following its ‘ban’ (and ensuing media furore). It was all “skillfully managed with aplomb”; “Never has prayer been such a talking point in the secular media..”

Dave BagleyDavid Bagley. Founder of Urban Outreach (Bolton), working with troubled young people, the homeless and prostitutes. His mission is to relieve poverty by unashamedly advancing the Christian religion. He was nominated for and won the 2015 Inspire Award (in association with the Evangelical Alliance), for his “superb and.. unsung work” over the past 25 years.

Mark BaileyMark Bailey. Lead Pastor of Trinity Cheltenham who last year became leader of the nationwide New Wine Network of churches, which seek the spiritual renewal of the Church. Stories abound of the global reach of his ministry. The New Wine annual summer festival attracts in excess of 30,000. Nominated for: “inspirational leadership”; “his striking and thought-provoking teaching”.

Nick Baines7Rt Rev’d Nick Baines. Since becoming the first Bishop of Leeds for the Diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, in addition to leading 656 churches he continues to write one of the most thought-provoking blogs, Musings of a Restless Bishop, and remains at the forefront of appeals for the persecuted Church. Nominated for: “challenging the BBC on religious literacy”.

Steve Baker MPSteve Baker MP. Conservative MP for Wycombe, and founder of the Cobden Centre,”for honest money and social progress”. In 2015 he co-founded Conservatives for Britain, a campaign group which is now leading calls for the UK to leave the EU. Nominated for: “his Christian vision, political conviction, integrity, honesty and sincerity”.

Alan BarnesAlan Barnes. Disabled pensioner who received a huge amount of public support after being mugged and left injured in January. He publicly forgave his attacker. Later he announced he would be moving to the Shetland Islands answering “a call from God.. to inspire others to become Christians”. Nominated for: “his resolute commitment to trusting in God”.

Matt BirdMatt Bird. Co-Founder of The Cinnamon Network, which has been commended by successive prime ministers. Nominated for: “inspired leadership”; “providing churches with ample resources to start and sustain a wide range of social action projects”. In 2015 he initiated the first Cinnamon Faith Action Audit, assessing the scale of churches’ community work, which was valued at £3bn.

Tony BlairTony Blair. Named in 2010 by The Tablet as “one of Britain’s most influential Roman Catholics” (and on their 2015 list). Nominated for: “establishing the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics”, dedicated to understanding religious ideology and extremism; “producing the excellent ‘Inside the Jihadi Mind‘, which analyses the propaganda of three leading jihadi groups”.

Paul BlakeyPaul Blakey MBE. Founder of Halifax Street Angels and the Christian Nightlife Initiatives. Throughout 2015 he has helped several new projects set up in the UK and overseas. Nominated for: “a passion to equip and resource the church to work within the night-time economy”; “believes that we should be the ones making the news not just watching the news”. 

donal blaney 2aDonal Blaney. Director of Griffin Law, he is considered one of the most influential Conservatives working behind the scenes, in particular with the Young Britons Foundation. Nominated for: “establishing the Margaret Thatcher Centre, which announced its educational partnership with Buckingham University to perpetuate her values and beliefs”.

Colin BloomColin Bloom. Formerly CEO of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and Director of Christians in Politics. Nominated for: “challenging the party and the Government to do more on controversial issues of interest to Christians including tax credits, refugees, and aid, as well as offering pastoral and spiritual support to politicians”. After the election he was appointed to a new role as the head of outreach for the entire Conservative Party.

Justin BrierleyJustin Brierley. Senior editor of Christianity Magazine and presenter of  Premier Radio’s Unbelievable, which brings together high-profile guests to debate apologetics and current affairs. Winner of best Short Form Radio at this year’s Jerusalem Awards. Nominated for: “promoting serious apologetics, whilst still aiming to make it a subject accessible to a wide audience”.

Rev Ian BrownRev’d Ian Brown. Appointed rector of the parish church of Chalfont St Giles in 2014, he has clearly made a swift impact. Nominated for: “spearheading many community initiatives” (“..after 800 years the church is getting a loo”); “being a very helpful and friendly spiritual guide”; “he is hands-on and has done a good job enlisting many members of the community into various panels, committees and as volunteers for other activities”.

Fiona Bruce2Fiona Bruce MP. Conservative MP for Congleton. Nominated for: “her continuing tireless defence of the unborn”, in particular her work in 2015 on the Stop Gendercide campaign to outlaw sex-selective abortion. Her efforts in Parliament were instrumental in the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill, which she described as “legally and ethically totally unacceptable”.

Conor Burns MPConor Burns MP. Conservative MP for Bournemouth. “I will tell the truth as I see it,” he said last year, and he dished it out to “unseemly” politicians and “naive” bishops alike. He co-founded the Margaret Thatcher Centre with Donal Blaney. Nominated for: “being an excellent constituency MP”; “a man of deep principle and conviction who cares about democracy and parliamentary sovereignty”.

David Burrowes MPDavid Burrowes MP. Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate. He contributed greatly to the development of the Conservative Party’s social justice policy, and has spent 2015 speaking out with great clarity about homelessness, poverty, Assisted Dying, and sanctuary for refugees. Nominated for: “his work in promoting and defending Christian values in Parliament”.

Bishop Paul ButlerRt Rev’d Paul Butler. Bishop of Durham since 2014, and co-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families. He speaks for the Bishops on safeguarding, child protection and matters of historical sex abuse. Nominated for: “shouldering probably the most unpleasant bit of episcopal responsibility going, and for doing it so remarkably sensibly, sensitively, and articulately”.

Mark ChapmanRev’d Prof Mark Chapman. Vice Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and Professor of the History of Modern Theology at Oxford. He has mentored 100s of ordinands and cares passionately about the interrelation between politics and Christianity. Nominated for: “being elected to General Synod”; “an important voice.. in debating reforms on theological education and renewal”.

Richard ChapmanRichard Chapman. The Church of England’s Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs, heading the Parliamentary Unit which supports the 26 bishops sitting in the House of Lords. Worked beyond the call of duty to help defeat the Assisted Dying Bill in September. Nominated for: “diligently working and networking to ensure the Church of England’s representatives work effectively in Parliament”.

Baroness CoxBaroness (Caroline) Cox. Crossbench Life Peer and founder of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. Commended as “one of the most highly regarded parliamentarians in the Lords”. Nominated for: “her compassion for the oppressed and suffering all over the world”; “introducing the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill to outlaw sex discrimination in UK sharia ‘courts’“.

Stephen Crabb MPStephen Crabb MP. Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, and Secretary of State for Wales. He is a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship whose faith drives and informs his politics. He delivered this year’s Wilberforce Address, challenging both secularism and extremism, and calling on all Christian MPs in all parties to be more outspoken about their faith.

Bishop Steven CroftRt Rev’d Dr Steven Croft. Bishop of Sheffield and recent winner of the ‘Most Inspiring Leadership Blog’ at the Premier Digital Awards. As member of the Archbishops’ Council he is currently pushing through mission-focused reform in the Church of England. Nominated for: “inspirational vision, prayerful commitment to the poor and passion for spiritual growth”.

Fr Andrew DavisRev’d Prebendary Andrew Davis. Vicar of Christ the Saviour, Ealing. Nominated for being “a quiet saintly man”; “His barn of a church is well attended by a broad cross section of this multi-cultural community, testimony in itself to the faithful outreach he has committed himself to. This is characterised not by charismatic razzmatazz but faithful constancy. Fr Andrew leads a church which is a beacon. He is a warm, wise witness to Christ.”

Tim FarronTim Farron MP. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party who has had a challenging year since his party was (more than) decimated in the General Election. He has been pilloried and baited by the media for his Christian faith, from which he derives his social-liberal convictions. Nominated for: “making it to leader of his party *despite* all the unjust and harsh criticism of his faith”.

Frank Field 3Rt Hon Frank Field MP. Labour MP for Birkenhead. Regularly speaks out and writes about matters relating to poverty, hunger, employment and immigration, with a raft of Private Members Bills in pursuit of the common good. Nominated for: “common sense proposals in the House of Commons usually based on Christian values”.

Father Tim FiniganFr Tim Finigan. Parish Priest at St Austin and St Gregory, Margate; author of the Hermeneutic of Continuity blog. Nominated for: “wading through media distortion of the Church”; “he challenges the narrative of a Church in schism, beset by crisis and scandal, and points to coherence where the guardians of ‘orthodoxy’ see only heresy”.

Andy FlannaganAndy Flannagan. Singer-songwriter, Director of Christians on the Left and and co-Director of Christians in Politics. Published Those who show up prior to the General Election, encouraging Christians to become involved in politics at all levels. Nominated for: “passionately setting out the case for Christians to change the nation through the political arena”.

Giles Fraser3Rev’d Dr Giles Fraser. Vicar of St Mary’s, Newington. He writes ‘Loose Canon‘ for The Guardian and regularly contributes to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and Moral Maze. Nominated for being “annoying as hell but he draws me back to the fundamentals”; “Songs of Praise from Calais“; “his ‘Road to Damascus’ realisation that the UK must leave the EU“.

Tyson FuryTyson Fury. Heavyweight boxing champion of the world and nominee for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. He made a few comments about gender and sexuality which upset a few people (and for which he apologised). This ‘hate crime‘ gave him a platform to preach. As Premier Christianity observed: “Tyson Fury is a working class Christian man and we should celebrate him.”

Lee GatissRev’d Dr Lee Gatiss. Director of the Church Society, author-theologian and Church historian. An influential scholar in the Evangelical-Reformed tradition. Nominated because “he understands the meaning of the true profession of the gospel“; he loves the Anglican Church, preach(es) the gospel and is a very funny man”.

Paula GooderDr Paula Gooder. Writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. With a string of glowing testimonials, there’s no doubt that she is respected as a scholar and gifted communicator. Nominated for “great writing of theology for a non-specialist audience. Consistently accessible books and with good sense of humour! Great example of someone who opens up academic theology to all”.

Paul GoodmanPaul Goodman. Executive Editor of ConservativeHome, he brings his considerable real-world experience to Conservative political commentary. A fierce defender of religious freedom and parliamentary democracy, he is insightful on matters Islamic and Christian. Nominated for “needling Tory ethics and probing political morality, without ever imposing his ego”.

Michael Gove MPMichael Gove MP. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He is “proud to be Christian” observing that “to call yourself a Christian in contemporary Britain is to invite pity, condescension or cool dismissal”. His recent interview of the Archbishop of Canterbury was widely praised. Nominated for his “moral conviction”; “he speaks with the insight of a philosopher and the moral authority of an Old Testament prophet”.

Maureen GreavesMaureen Greaves. Church Army evangelist and outreach worker who received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community of North Sheffield. She has continued to talk about forgiveness following her husband’s high-profile murder in 2012. Nominated for: “following in Jesus’ footsteps and blessing many others in the process”.

Bear GryllsBear Grylls. Adventurer, writer and television presenter who made the headlines this year when he prayed for President Obama during the making of a special documentary. Longstanding advocate of the Alpha course. Nominated for: “his willingness to discuss how he constantly draws strength from his faith”; “being a Christian role model to many men”.

Simon GuillebaudSimon Guillebaud. Author, speaker and founder of Great Lakes Outreach. Missionary in Burundi who remains committed to serving Jesus there despite the risks associated with the current unrest and violence. Nominated for: “faithfulness in his mission to Burundi, challenging author and yet a blokes’ bloke. More leaders like him would be greatly appreciated”.

Very Rev John HallVery Rev’d Dr John Hall. Dean of Westminster, accountable only to God and the Queen (if not always in that order). It is a difficult task putting faith at the heart of the nation, but the quality of sermons preached at Westminster Abbey highlight the innate liturgical life of England, perpetually bringing us back to consider who Jesus was and is. Nominated for: “often walking Erastian tightropes with humility and grace”.

Isabel HardmanIsabel Hardman. Journalist and blogger; editor of The Spectator Coffee House blog. She writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph and appears on the Andrew Marr Show. Named ‘Journalist of the Year‘ by the Political Studies Association. Nominated for “breadth of writing and depth of analysis”; “often writes from a Christian perspective with great insight”.

Colin HartColin Hart. Director of The Christian Institute for the furtherance and promotion of the Christian religion. Nominated for “championing free speech and freedom of religion“, especially in the high-profile case of the Ashers Bakery; their consistent warnings over the unintended consequences of Extremism Disruption Orders; and the anti-Christian agenda of Ofsted.

Andy HawthorneAndy Hawthorne OBE. Founder and CEO of the The Message Trust – a worldwide movement with a passion to share Jesus Christ with the hardest-to-reach young people. Launched several new Eden projects based in deprived communities. Nominated for: “continuing to pioneer youth mission in the UK”; “an inspiring speaker and evangelist”.

Rev Stephen HeardRev’d Stephen Heard. Assistant Priest at St Mark’s Church, Enfield, and author of the fragrant Unheard Melodies blog. Nominated for being “an unassuming priest but quite brilliant at composing nuggets of reflection, often from a conservative perspective”; “one of the few Church of England vicars to put his head above the parapet and prod the bishops to consider the moral case for conservatism”.

Peter HitchensPeter Hitchens. Journalist, author and blogger for the Mail on Sunday. Prominent Anglican and no friend of political correctness, social liberals or cultural Marxists (or the current Conservative Party). Nominated for being “a staunch advocate for the Christian faith in the media”; “highlighting the Church of England’s shameful betrayal of bishop George Bell“.

Gerald Howarth MPSir Gerald Howarth MP. Conservative MP for Aldershot. One of the few Christians in Parliament who knows a thing or two about defence and contributes wisely to foreign policy debates. He is honoured by local charities and delivers sermons proclaiming his faith. Nominated for being “a strong advocate for persecuted church. Repeatedly raised subject in parliament this year”.

Tim HughesRev’d Tim Hughes. Director of Worship Central – a movement that wants to see churches empowered through the worship of Jesus Christ. Moved to Birmingham earlier this year to start a £1 million ‘arts’ church aiming to attract disaffected youth. Nominated for: “his heart for worship and mission continues to inspire thousands of young Christians”.

Rev Les IsaacRev’d Les Isaac OBE. Co-founder of Street Pastors movement and CEO of Ascension Trust. Now working to create stronger connections between the church, media and political arenas. Nominated for: “consistently promoting the gospel”; “he is a humble, teachable, Godly visionary, and has watched Street Pastors grow to almost 300 projects with 14,000 trained volunteers from across church denominations”.

Krish KandiahDr Krish Kandiah. Founder of Home for Good – a charity that aims to inspire the Church to engage in foster care and adoption. His appeal in the summer for foster carers to look after unaccompanied refugee children received over 10,000 responses. Nominated for: “his overt Christian faith”; “his effective work promoting adoption in the media”.

Rev David KeenRev’d David Keen. Associate Vicar at St James’ Church, Yeovil. Longstanding blogger (‘Opinionated Vicar‘) whose contribution to the national voice of the Church of England is consistent and profound. Nominated because “he has a spiritual and discerning perspective on everything”; “he never gets the recognition he deserves.. Does much to promote mission in the CofE”.

Rev Cindy KentRev’d Cindy Kent. From The Settlers to lay reader, deacon and now priest (and radio presenter), Cindy Kent has led an extraordinary life. Soon to retire after five years as ‘House for Duty’ (ie unpaid) Priest-in-Charge of St John the Apostle Church in Whetstone where she doubled the electoral roll, brought in children, young families and men, totally bucking the national trend.

Bishop Graham KingsRt Rev’d Dr Graham Kings. Former Bishop of Sherborne who became Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion in July. The post was created by the Archbishop of Canterbury in partnership with the Church Mission Society and Durham University to promote the work of Anglican theologians around the world. Nominated for: “his wisdom and missiological insight”.

Bishop Libby LaneRt Rev’d Libby Lane. Became the Church of England’s first ever woman bishop in January. Features in the Telegraph‘s Top 50 Britons of the Year 2015. She has used her position to highlight the evil of human trafficking. Nominated for: “carrying the weight of church history on her shoulders with both enthusiasm and decorum”.

Sister Rita LeeSr Rita Lee. Runs the Lalley Centre in Collyhurst, Manchester, which provides a foodbank and other services to local residents. Featured in a recent five-part BBC1 documentary during which she persuaded Iain Duncan Smith to trial placing a Job Centre adviser at her foodbank. Nominated for: “a great witness”; “displaying bags of compassion through a no-nonsense approach to her work”.

Peter LynasPeter Lynas. Director of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland, former barrister and blogger. Vocal supporter of Asher’s Bakery during the ‘gay cake‘ court case. Nominated for: “his active engagement with some difficult and challenging political and legal issues in Northern Ireland this year”; “presenting clear Christian thinking in the public arena”.

Sir james MacMillanSir James MacMillan CBE. Composer and conductor, named by the Catholic Herald as ‘Catholic of the Year’, he is a musician with a mission to revive musical liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. His faith penetrates his art. Nominated for: “being a defender of orthodoxy against the forces of secularism and multiculuralism”; “an ambassador for Catholic culture whose music radiates Christ”.

I Howard MarshallI. Howard Marshall. Eminent scholar of the New Testament and prolific author, well known to theology undergrads for many decades. He died on 12th December, and tributes have been effusive for the man as well as his ministry. Nominated for: “his Luke-Acts commentary was the first real theology I read – he taught me that biblical scholarship is no threat to faith”.

Ruth MawhinneyRuth Mawhinney. Took over in 2014 as editor in of the online news and opinion website Christian Today. Nominated for: “drawing together an impressive collection of journalists and commentators during the last year”; “her vision has given Christian Today an increased reputation as a credible online voice beyond just Christian circles”.

Theresa May MPTheresa May MP. Conservative MP for Maidenhead and Home Secretary. She openly acknowledges her strong Christian faith. She was architect of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which has put the UK at the forefront of the fight against slavery and human trafficking. Nominated for: “ensuring the UK plays its part in defeating the global slavery epidemic”.

Tim MontgomerieTim Montgomerie. Co-founder of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, currently reporting for The Times on the forthcoming US Presidential Election. Nominated for: “being a leading light in Conservative thinking, helping raise the profile of Compassionate Conservatism with a relentless energy”; “often speaking up for the Christian faith through his Times articles”.

charlesmoore2Charles Moore. Authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher, whose Volume II – Everything She Wants – was published this year. He is also a journalist for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. Nominated for: “his witness to the Christian faith is consistent and certain”; “he is a political theologian and prophetic philosopher.. always graciously provocative”.

Michael Nazir AliRt Rev’d Dr Michael Nazir-Ali. President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue. He is regularly quoted in the media defending Christian values and freedom of expression and belief. Nominated for: “speaking up for persecuted Christians”; “speaking sense into the refugee crisis caused by Islamic State”.

Bishop Philip NorthRt Rev’d Philip North. Bishop of Burnley. At his consecration, the laying on of hands was restricted to bishops “who share his theological conviction regarding the ordination of women”. Nominated for: “his unwavering Christian witness.. He has brought a new energy to the Diocese of Blackburn..  deeply dedicated to mutual flourishing”.

Elizabeth OldfieldElizabeth Oldfield. Director of the Christian think-tank, Theos, which has produced important reports and research during the year. She regularly makes appearances in the media including Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Nominated for: “her role as the public face of Theos, which continues to make valuable contributions to debates that few other Christian organisations cover”.

Mike OverdMike Overd. Street preacher, convicted of a public order offence for preaching the ‘wrong bit’ of the Bible. The case attracted a lot of media attention. His conviction was overturned on appeal. Nominated for: “his dogged faithfulness to the gospel truth and his dedication to freedom of speech and freedom of religion”.

David OyelowoDavid Oyelowo. Actor. Starred as Dr Martin Luther King in Selma, a role he believed God called him to play. Regularly discusses his Christian faith in media interviews. Nominated for: “being a shining example of a Christian who has not compromised his faith while working in the challenging environment of the film industry”.

Ian PaulRev’d Dr Ian Paul. Theologian, speaker and influential blogger at Psephizo. Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. Nominated for: “becoming increasingly recognised as a leading evangelical voice in the Church of England”; “his courageous but gracious stand on the church’s orthodox teaching on sexuality”.

Lisa PearceLisa Pearce. Chief Executive of Open Doors which in 2015 celebrated 60 years of serving persecuted Christians with a visit from David Cameron. She is regularly involved in advocacy work in Parliament. Nominated for: “leading an organisation that is highly respected both here and abroad for its continued practical work supporting the persecuted church”.

Martyn PercyVery Rev’d Prof Martyn Percy. Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Notable for his persistent needling of bishops and archbishops. Nominated for: “his insights into the nature of Anglicanism and its mission to society”; “challenging institutional discrimination in the Church of England”; “his Glimpses of the Divine lecture, which (was) fascinating”.

Mike PilavachiRev’d Mike Pilavachi. Co-founder and leader of the Soul Survivor charity which attracts over 25,000 young people to its summer festivals, of which 1,360 became new Christians this year. Nominated for: “inspiring thousands of young people to devote their lives to following Jesus”; “being a great role model to the rest of the church showing the importance of investing in young people and allowing them to develop their giftings”.

Canon David PorterCanon David Porter. Director of Reconciliation at Lambeth Palace. He has the unenviable job of overseeing the Church of England’s shared conversations, and advising on healing divisions in the Anglican Communion. Nominated for: “his work on women bishops in the CofE and commitment to reconciliation”; “seeking peace and unity with humility in testing circumstances”.

Queen6Her Majesty The Queen. In 2015, she became England’s and the UK’s longest-reigning monarch. Next year, she will celebrate her 90th birthday (DV), the first reigning monarch to reach that decade. Nominated for: “her dignity, grace, tenacity, and devotion to service”; “her faith radiates in every encounter”; “being the best evangelist in the whole Church of England”.

Bishop Alastair RedfernRt Rev’d Dr Alastair Redfern. Bishop of Derby. One of the most hard-working and diligent bishops in Parliament. Known for his work on night shelters for the homeless and tireless efforts for many other charities. Nominated for: “his work in crafting the Modern Slavery Bill and aiding its passage through Parliament”.

Rend CollectiveRend Collective. The UK’s biggest Christian worship band, comprising Gareth and Ali Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Patrick Thompson and Steve Mitchell. Their album ‘As Family We Go’ was released on 21 August and reached No19 in the UK and 33 in the US official album charts. Nominated for: “once again producing an album that celebrates God’s goodness and is a joy to listen to”.

Alastair RobertsAlastair Roberts. PhD student at Durham University who writes on biblical theology and Christian ethics for a number of websites, including his own Alastair’s Adversaria blog. Nominated for: “smart and insightful Christian blogging. He has excellent thoughts on biblical theology, Christian ethics, and gender issues”.

David RobertsonRev’d David Robertson. Minister of St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, Director of Solas CPC and author of The Wee Flea blog. Nominated for: “his consistent positive advocacy of Christian values and thoughtful (sometimes witty) debunking of the forces of atheistic  liberalism”; “engaging politely but forcefully with atheism and scepticism”.

Gareth Lizzy RobinsonGareth and Lizzy Robinson. Leaders of Glo Church and the Glo Central project in Offerton, Stockport. Won this year’s Christian Funders’ Forum award for ‘Best Project Advancing the Christian Faith’. Nominated for: “incredible commitment to their local community”; “inspiring their church to put the gospel into practice by serving those around them”.

Ben RogersBen Rogers. East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Often briefs government ministers, EU, US and UN officials on human rights and freedom of religion. Nominated for: “tireless advocacy for persecuted Christians (and minorities) around the world, particularly in Burma. Brought attention to the need for religious freedom well before it was mainstream”.

Simon SarmientoSimon Sarmiento. Co-author of the widely read Thinking Anglicans blog, which is a much valued resource, gathering news and comment on the church in the UK with a particular focus on the liberal wing of the Church of England. Nominated for: “his ongoing dedication to keeping Christians around the world informed through the power of the internet”.

Anne ScarfeAnne Scarfe. 88 year-old Street Pastor in Plymouth who is a previous ITV Pride of Britain Local Hero award winner. Nominated for: “her amazing compassion and servant heart”; “a wonderful lady who has brought kindness and hope to so many. A very resilient character who seemed so surprised at the media attention she has received (and awards)”.

Glen ScrivenerRev’d Glen Scrivener. Church of England minister and evangelist who uses social media and produces a range of videos to promote the Christian message. Winner of Best Digitial Media at this year’s Jerusalem Awards. Nominated for: “great spoken word videos that are imaginative, humorous and also effectively promote the gospel”.

Emma ScrivenerEmma Scrivener. Author, speaker and blogger who regularly writes about eating disorders, brokenness and healing. She is married to Glen Scrivener (above). Nominated for: “writing a fantastic blog and doing lots of ministry to young women in particular, given her past with anorexia, and also a great recent interview on Songs of Praise“.

Most Rev John SentamuMost Rev’d Dr John Sentamu. Archbishop of York, with a year-long stream of media appearances/articles which make him one of the most high-profile and popular clerics in the country. Nominated for: “his book On Rock or Sand was exactly the sort of intervention the Church of England should be making into the national debate about our Christian foundations”.

Tim StanleyDr Tim Stanley. Historian, blogger and columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He writes on American culture and appears regularly on television. Nominated for: “consistently contending for Christian values, especially in defence of the unborn, and highlighting the hypocrisy of the liberal-left in the battle for free speech in our universities”.

John StevensJohn Stevens. Church planter and first ever national director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Advocate for Christian engagement in public life. Nominated for: “his commitment to furthering the gospel and mission lived out by example”; “encouraging FIEC churches to embrace a wider vision for the evangelisation of our country”.

Geraldine Stockford 2Geraldine Stockford. Described as ‘Clergy wife’ in Christian Today, she is clearly much more. She asked Marks & Spencer to send flowers with a message from her church – Christ Church, Teddington – only to find that ‘Christ’ was a banned word (‘jihad’ and ‘Allah’ were permitted). Nominated for: “forcing Marks and Spencer to change their anti-Christian policy of banning Jesus”.

Rev Dominic StockfordRev’d Dominic Stockford. Chairman of the Protestant Truth Society and minister at Christ Church in Teddington, Middlesex. Married to Geraldine (above), and nominated for: “the support of, as well as regular preaching of, the true Gospel of salvation in Christ alone, both in his congregation and elsewhere throughout the world”.

Elaine StorkeyDr Elaine Storkey. Writer, broadcaster, speaker and theologian. Published Scars Across Humanity which examines the role the church plays in combating gender-based violence against women. Nominated for: “being a key voice and advocate and continuing to raise awareness of the problem of violence against women”; “her wisdom delivered with grace and compassion”.

Rev Jody StowellRev’d Jody Stowell. Vicar of St Michael and All Angels’, Harrow Weald, broadcaster and feminist. Increasingly prominent in the media discussing the role of women in the church along with other issues. Nominated for: “her edifying media presence”; “raising the profile of women in the church through her intelligent interaction with the media”.

Miriam SwaffieldMiriam Swaffield. Student worker for Fusion, and blogger who has spent the last two years on a road trip visiting 69 universities encouraging and training students and local churches to catch a vision for student mission. Nominated for: “(being) a passionate and inspiring communicator”; “her infectious enthusiasm for reaching university students with the gospel”.

Terry TennensTerry Tennens. CEO of International Justice Mission UK, a Christian human rights organisation that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation and slavery around the world. It has had notable successes this year and assisted the Government with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Nominated for: “his unwavering dedication to pursuit of justice”.

Mervyn ThomasMervyn Thomas. Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Nominated for “his positive influence working with politicians in this country and beyond ensuring that they are well informed and take the responsibility of  defending freedom of religion and belief seriously”; “drawing attention to the plight of Christians facing unjust persecution around the world”.

Bishop Rachel TreweekRt Rev’d Rachel Treweek. Consecrated Bishop of Gloucester in June and made history by becoming the first female bishop to join the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords. Placed sixth on the Telegraph‘s ‘Briton of the Year 2015′ list. Nominated for: “accepting her new position with dignity and humility”; “building bridges between those with differing views of women bishops”.

Vincent UzomahVincent Uzomah. Teacher at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford who was stabbed by a student in a racially motivated attack. He publicly forgave and prayed for his attacker following the trial. Nominated for: “following Jesus’ example of forgiving others despite an incredibly traumatic experience that detrimentally affected his life”.

Prince Charles2aHRH Charles, Prince of Wales. Nominated for: “confirming in unequivocal terms that he’ll be crowned ‘Defender of the Faith‘”; “his compassion and support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East“; “denouncing the radicalisation of young British Muslims and making it clear they must abide by our Christian values”.

Victoria WasteneyVictoria Wasteney. NHS occupational therapist who was  disciplined for harassment for giving a Muslim colleague a Christian book and inviting her to church. She has been granted permission to appeal the ruling. Nominated for: “standing up for Christ in the workplace”; “courageously defending the right of freedom of expression in her interviews with the media”.

Welby3The Most Rev’d and Rt Hon Justin Welby. Archbishop of Canterbury. Nominated for: “his continuing work to establish credit unions; the praying community he started at the Lambeth palace (St Anselm); his honesty in dealing with the failures of the church regarding sexual abuse“; “his integrity in word and deed”; “a breath of fresh air in the Anglican Church”.

Canon Andrew WhiteCanon Andrew White. The ‘Vicar of Baghdad‘ has gained respect internationally for his devotion to reconciliation and peace, facilitated through his Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. Last year’s Top 100 winner, nominated for: “his humility and practical passion for the suffering church”; “tireless work in Iraq and the Middle East”; “radical peacemaking at its best”.

Andrea Minichiello WilliamsAndrea Minichiello Williams. CEO of Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre. Nominated for: “her devoted defence of the Christian faith”; “..the encouragement and support she gives to those most at risk of sanctions for expressing their beliefs”; “she is not ashamed to speak up for Christ in the public domain, despite the verbal abuse it brings”.

Bishop Tom WrightRt Rev’d Dr Tom Wright. Former Bishop of Durham, better known as NT Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews. Nominated for: “standing up for biblical truth against the apostles of ‘progressive’ theology“; “finest writer on theology in England.”

Sr Catherine WybourneSr Catherine Wybourne. Benedictine nun (aka @Digitalnun) who blogs at iBenedictines. Nominated for: “her wisdom and devotion to her faith, which she shares with such grace and insight through her blog”; “Despite having been ill with cancer during this year she has continued to sacrificially devote herself to others through her prayers”.

 

  • Martin

    It’s a silly list, as I’ve said before, and there are people in it who I’d suggest probably aren’t Christians. I’ll stick with God’s list, thanks.

    • sarky

      Cool, where can I read it?

      • Dominic Stockford

        In the Bible.

      • carl jacobs

        I suspect he is referring to the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11.

      • Martin

        And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. (Revelation of John 20:12 [ESV]

        • CliveM

          ” And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.”

          Gasp, salvation by works!!

          Happy New Year!

          • Martin

            Clive

            The book of life is not about what they have done, but what has been done for them.

            And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 [ESV]

            And since faith is the gift of God, therefore only those God has saved can please Him.

        • sarky

          I should be ok then! !

          • Martin

            Sarky

            If you’re not in the book of life then you’re not.

        • sarky

          Really?????

    • Dominic Stockford

      Even though both I and my wife have mysteriously appeared in it I would agree. All for Christ, all in Christ, all from Christ.

    • Dreadnaught

      For your God’s sake man lighten up; it’s a worthwhile token of unsolicited reward for commitment ,unlike the stupid Honours list. Ever thought of starting you own house of faith? – I hear they are selling off the old red ‘phone-boxes if you need a venue.

      • Martin

        Dreadnaught

        Christianity isn’t about commitment, it’s about salvation.

    • Peasant Farmer

      I too have my reservations, but the right man won and he deserves wider support.

      As an aside, have you ever, whether publicly or privately, commended and encouraged the man who puts so much effort into this blog? Or is it a constant stream of carping and ‘correction’?

      • Martin

        PF

        That Nissar Hussein isn’t a worthy man to receive honour I have no doubt. Yet I have doubts about putting him on a pedestal. I’ve seen too many fall from such high places, it’s not a good place for any.

        I’ve commented both ways on this blog, when it’s been good I’ve said so.

  • http://www.Telegraph.co.uk/ Marie1797

    A really inspiring list.

  • dannybhoy

    Well, well….
    Who’d a thought it?

    I did hear back from Lambeth Palace re Nissar Hussain and his family, and tried a couple of Christian organisations who might have been placed to assist.

    Then nothing. I suppose I hoped that someone with resources and influence might be able to help them relocate away from imminent danger of continued persecution.

    Because surely, that’s all a part of our witness and obligation to each other in the Body of Christ.

    “40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
    Matthew 25:40 (KJV)

  • Arden Forester

    A mixed bag indeed. Whilst not agreeing with half of them I think they are all worthy of inclusion. I hope the 99 rally behind Nissar Hussain, who has seemingly had little public support from prominent Christians in his own journey of faith.

  • Jings

    Not too many Scots

    • dannybhoy

      We tolerate Clive here as our token Scot.
      What more do you want…
      ;0)

      • carl jacobs

        Clive is from Scotland? Really?? Oh my. I’m probably in trouble.

        Update: My wife and I have finally reached the last season of “Taggert.”

        • CliveM

          And why would ye be in trouble laddie?

          • carl jacobs

            That Monty Python link I posted about people turning into Scotsmen …

          • CliveM

            I’m a forgiving man!

            Besides it was funny :0)

            Happy New Year!

          • carl jacobs

            And all the stuff I’ve written about the SNP. I haven’t been very complimentary of the SNP.

          • CliveM

            Carl

            I despise them. I have a bitter hatred of them!

          • carl jacobs

            And Haggis. I may have suggested that Haggis should be banned as an illegal weapon of biological warfare.

          • CliveM

            Super yummy, better thean Avi’s salted herring!

          • carl jacobs

            Yeh. Ground up sheep guts wrapped in intestines. What could sound better?

          • CliveM

            You forgot the lungs, heart, kidney and liver.

            Yum, yum.

            With onion, oats, salt and pepper. Feast fit for a King.

          • carl jacobs

            I see England’s civilizing mission in Scotland has totally failed.

          • CliveM

            Grrrr!

            I don’t believe that the US is well placed to comment on any nations cuisine, with the possible exception of Iceland!

            The civilising mission was the other way round, the oldest University is St. Andrews not an English one.

          • carl jacobs

            Generic English Recipe:

            1. Place edible object in a pot of water.
            2. Boil for four hours.
            3. Go to French restaurant.

          • CliveM

            Well far be it for me to defend the English, but 3 should read ‘go to Indian’!!

          • Old Nick

            What ? S. Andrews founded 1413. First Chancellor of the University of Oxford: Robert Grosseteste (died 1253). Migration of Oxford scholars to Cambridge: 1209.

          • CliveM

            Oh dear! Doesn’t memory play dreadful tricks as you get older!!!!

          • Old Nick

            What a genial comment to start the New Year with ! All the best for 2016.

          • CliveM

            All the best for you as well in 2016!

        • dannybhoy

          He doesn’t like to talk aboot it.
          Understandably…. :0)

          • carl jacobs

            Wait. Wait just a minute here. I think you must have mistyped something.

            The learned (Carl)
            The learned and wise (HappyJack)

            That combination of statements is just wrong. It’s positively staggering in its existential wrongness.

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            Calm down, Grasshopper.

          • carl jacobs

            Are you back in the hospital for this New Year’s Eve?

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            Yeah – hooked up to various contraptions. Starting to feel better and putting on weight again. Unable to eat or drink at the moment and breathing is an issue. Allowed out for a couple of hours at a time. Will be here for a couple more weeks.

          • CliveM

            Sorry you’ve had such a challenging period, hope each day is a bit better then the last and recovery comes quickly.

          • dannybhoy

            The judge’s decision is final Carl..

          • carl jacobs

            Do you have any idea what you have done? Do you comprehend that magnitude of the calamity that you have released onto this weblog?

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            Happy New Year, Dannybhoy …. and give that fine looking woman of yours a warm kiss on the cheek from me.

          • dannybhoy

            I shall Jack.

          • Cressida de Nova

            You must be feeling better Jack:)

        • dannybhoy

          You watched ALL of Taggart!
          https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&ion=1&ie=UTF-8&q=taggart%20episodes&oq=Taggart&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l5.9484j0j8&rct=j
          Are you masochists or was it some sort of penance?
          I’m assuming it was either dubbed or they used subtitles..

          • carl jacobs

            So now I’ve been demoted below Jack in wisdom AND I have been labeled uncultured. I’m beginning to see the faint outlines of anti-Americanism in all of this.

            You watched ALL of Taggart!

            I should clarify. The early seasons aren’t on Netflix. It was not up to the quality of the other British cop shows I have watched. The characters were one-dimensional and the plots were flat, repetitive and predictable. And yet it is both compelling and strangely entertaining. It is also interesting to observe the politics of Scotland through that show.

            I’m assuming it was either dubbed or they used subtitles.

            Ar times. Especially early on. After a while you start to pick up the language. I had much more trouble with “Jack Taylor.”

            You like to pretend you’re cultured, try “Inspector Morse.”

            Morse is why I started watching British Cop shows. Back in the late 80s, public broadcasting in the US showed something it called “Mystery Theater.” It was basically a rebroadcast of British shows on American TV. But the quality was so much better. The show that really hooked me was “Inspector Morse.” It never ceases to amaze me how much better British cop shows are compared to their American counterparts.

            btw. Midsomer Murders has lost a lot since John Nettles left the show.

          • dannybhoy

            “The show that really hooked me was “Inspector Morse.” It never ceases to amaze me how much better British cop shows are compared to their American counterparts.”

            I think that’s because Morse comes across as a ‘real person’. Tetchy, arrogant, a little snobbish; but also lonely vulnerable and kindly -especially towards attractive cultured women.

            I don’t think American culture allows for really complex characters. And you really struggle with our humour laced with cynicism and weary resignation. We find very enthusiastic people somewhat embarrassing!

            If you want contrasts, watch a few of our popular soaps like EastEnders for example.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m86d

            Coronation Street started off as a fairly authentic impression of northerners (Manchester area) and Emmerdale was all about a farming community and village.

            All lost their way and became multiculti vehicles for kitchen sink dramas and shock plots.. (We haven’t watched any of them for years now)

            But it will give you a feel for our fair country and perhaps a few reasons to stay away…….;0)

  • CliveM

    Interesting list, showing a broader range then I expected. It has come to the right choice.

  • dannybhoy

    I was pleased to see Alan Barnes mentioned, but why did they leave out Katie Cutler??

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alan-barnes-fundraiser-katie-cutler-6420709

  • Watchman

    This list beggars belief! It speaks to us of an apostate church which has spread a message to the world that Christianity is a value system encompassing good works rather than redemption though the blood of Yeshua. The list is an indictment of a church that as lost its way, preferring to preach a message that would please it hearers. The gospel is an offence but it is that through which God works to produce salvation. Good works follow as fruit of that salvation but without being born again these good works are dead works.

    To give new meaning to Paul in Romans: Who will rescue us from this body of death?”

    • Mike17

      Well, you see Watchman, it’s
      like this. Ever since 1517 and the glorious Lutheran revolution,
      everybody and anybody has been able to define what Christianity means. And
      among the followers of that persuasion there is no authority which can declare
      that a particular view is incorrect. It is every man for himself – or every
      women for herself. The result, of course, is doctrinal chaos and a never-ending
      multiplication of groups all declaring that only they teach the true
      Christianity. So now anybody can set up their own Church, decide what that
      Church believes and tell everybody that what they teach is Christianity. And
      the really great thing is that in just over a year the celebrations will begin
      for the start of this brave new world.

      • Watchman

        It sounds as though you are making a case for the Church of Rome, the new Babylon who is the most active in its offence to the gospel.

        Paul was very clear on the power of the gospel:

        For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. [17] For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, l just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. …Roman 1:16

      • dannybhoy

        There always have been disagreements, and we are a family, not a political party.
        Various parts of the Church have let down our Lord at various times in history,
        Anyone want to deny it?
        Ultimately it comes down to recognising that no part of the Church can hold its head up in righteousness for very long, because we’ve all blown it from time to time.

    • Inspector General

      Quite correct, Watchman. Hardly any of them show signs of the stigmata, and one will wager none flagellates themselves for a good twenty minutes, before stepping outside naked and plunging their bloodied torso into the recent ice cold collectings of the shed water butt as the Inspector does when rising of a morn…

      • Watchman

        Too much information, Inspector, unless you want a visit from men in white coats.

      • Politically__Incorrect

        Sounds like a typical night out in Cardiff Inspector

  • http://diversitymachtfrei.blogspot.co.uk Johnny Rottenborough

    Britain’s top Christian lies in his hospital bed precisely because of the policy supported by a large majority of the other top Christians, that of making Britain a diverse, multi-faith society. To all the Christians who endorse the policy by voting for the main parties: look at Mr Hussain, think of the victims of Muslim terrorism and gang rape, and admire your achievement.

  • Janet Webb

    23% female I note. Hmm. And there are some very strange nominations here.

    • http://www.archbishopcranmer.com AbpCranmer

      How many nominations did you make? How many of them were female? If the answer to both of these questions is ‘none’, please go and humbly meditate on your own inaction and/or indifference instead of casting judgmental innuendo of sexism.

      • dannybhoy

        (Gasp!)

      • Janet Webb

        In what way did I cast judgmental innuendo of sexism? I merely stated that there were only 23% that were women, that most of those nominations were for men. There may be a number of reasons for this; there is indeed an amount of sexism around. Or perhaps most women are crap. If so, this needs addressing too, don’t you think?

        My inaction, by the way, came from never having come across this list before. Maybe women don’t get to hear about it.

    • Inspector General

      To be fair to the ladies, one would expect being a good wife and mother to take up the greater part of their time. Besides, spreading the word is man’s remit, as Jesus decided…

      • carl jacobs

        Ah. Leave it to the Inspector to advance the state of harmony between the genders. Oh, and he got the theology wrong as well.

        • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

          “Oh, and he got the theology wrong as well.”

          Again …………….

          • carl jacobs

            Again …………….

            Well. Be charitable. He’s a Roman Catholic, after all. He can’t help himself.

          • Bunyip

            I enjoy the Inspector’s comments very much. I suspect that beneath that bluff, gruff exterior, there’s actually a sensitive soul. However, although he self-identifies as a Roman Catholic, a lot of his dogma is very much his own.

    • Pubcrawler

      Can’t say I was counting, let alone working out a percentage.

    • Martin

      Janet

      And a number of those were ‘ministers’ who hold their position in direct opposition to what the Bible says.

  • Inspector General

    I say Cranmer, what a worthy winner!

    One hopes your efforts are appreciated by mainstream media and your sterling work enjoys coverage.

    Carry on, that man!

  • carl jacobs

    Once again we have a list united not by common agreement on the content of Christianity, but rather by self-identification as “Christian.”

    • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

      “And John answered him, “Master, we saw a man who does not follow in our company casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade him to do it.”
      But Jesus said, “Forbid him no more; no one who does a miracle in my name will lightly speak evil of me. The man who is not against you is on your side. Why, if anyone gives you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ’s, I promise you, he shall not miss his reward.”

      So just who should decide, and on what basis, what is orthodox Christianity and what is not?

      Happy New Year to you Carl, your family, loved ones and friends.

      • carl jacobs

        Hope you have a Happy New Year as well, Jack. Here’s to a quick departure from the tender clutches of nurses and their thermometers.

  • sarky

    Happy new year! !!! Just had a bottle of Jack for lemmy!!!

    • dannybhoy

      Lemmy was a character from “Journey into Space.”
      Are you sure?

  • len

    Anyone who takes up his Cross and follows Christ will be a winner if they follow the narrow path and don`t turn back….
    A blessed New year to all…..

    • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

      And to you Len. Many thanks for the Christmas card too. God Bless you.

      • len

        Good to see you back…God Bless you..

        • Cressida de Nova

          Happy New Year Len ! Sydneysider sends best wishes as well:)

          • len

            Happy New Year Cressida…. best wishes to Sydneysider…

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            Sydneysider ??

          • Cressida de Nova

            Len and I have a mutual acquaintance…long before your time here on Cranmer. Len was posting here when this blog first started.

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            You’ve been posting here for a long time, then. Didn’t know that.

      • Cressida de Nova

        Happy New Year Jack !

        • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

          Happy New Year, Cressie !!!

  • Bob

    What a rogues’ gallery of fools and nonentities. If the best Christianity in Britain can muster is a couple of minor and/or washed-out and discredited politicians, a few fusty royals and the obligatory parade of parsons, self-publicist bloggers and one trick pony hate campaigners, the mass conversion that so many on this blog so fervently pray for is clearly not coming any time soon.

    • Inspector General

      Disapproval of your life style choice is hardly hate, is it?

      • Bob

        At least one of the nominees has lobbied for the reimposition of criminal penalties for gay sex. That’s what I call hatred, not disapproval. She hates gays so much she wants to remove them from society. No doubt if the death penalty were still an option, she’d be lobbying for the ultimate punishment. A hanged gay can’t argue back.

        If wanting to round up and exterminate, or at the very least erase from public view, your opponent isn’t hatred, what is it? “Righteous justice”?

        Whatever you call it, it’s utterly impotent. Those who hate gays can do nothing but shout their hatred as loudly as they can within the limits of the law. They’ve been neutered by a society that finds their spite and malevolence unacceptable. All they, like you, can do is bitch and moan and complain and make empty threats that only have one result, which is to make render those who make them ever more ridiculous and out of touch.

        • Inspector General

          One, just one of the hundred MAY have an extreme view on the subject, and that was enough to unleash your usual intense outrageous hyperbole?

          Perhaps she, like the Inspector, would like the crime of Gross Indecency in a Public Place reinstated. It is certainly needed…

          • Bob

            Be careful what you wish for. They might declare a ban on dogging and then how would you while away your weekends?

            Not of course that I’m suggesting you actually participate in such activities. At your age I doubt it’s possible. No, you’ll be lurking in the bushes, probably armed with a video camera, recording it all for posterity and pretending to be an outraged citizen if ever a policeman catches you in the act.

            Probably a good thing you’re beyond physical response nowadays. Being caught with a camera in one hand and something else in the other would severely undermine a vigilante defence strategy in court.

          • Inspector General

            One presumes the love of your life has whacked you again. How timely. Do pass on the Inspector’s compliments to him, won’t you…

          • CliveM

            You are casting pearls before a swine. Remember Linus was pleased that those Nigerian Christian girls where kidnapped by Boko Harem, because he thought that they might be, or would become homophobic.

            No evidence of course, simply hate and prejudice.

          • Bob

            “No evidence of course, simply hate and prejudice.”

            Describing your own faith is no way to score points against me.

            And as for the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Harem, I’ve never expressed an opinion about their situation on this blog. You’re confusing me with someone else.

          • CliveM

            Linus

            Simply repeating a lie, countless times, doesn’t make it true. You are Linus. I know it, you know it, most people on this blog know it.

            End of.

          • Bob

            “Simply repeating a lie, countless times, doesn’t make it true.”

            Really? But that’s the core of the Christian faith. You believe that repeating “Jesus rose from the dead” countless times makes it true. Compared to that whopper, pretending to be someone else (if that’s what I were doing, which of course it’s not) would be a pretty minor sin.

            If you want the truth from others, start telling it yourself.

          • CliveM

            Linus

            For all I care, you could change your name and Avatar on a daily basis (you pretty much do anyway) but it doesn’t matter what you call yourself, the bitterness shines through, like a turd in a bath. However you won’t be allowed to run way, deny or otherwise pretend that what you have said in the past, under a different guise has nothing to do with you.

            Have the courage to stand by it or apologise for it.

          • Bob

            Apologize for what? And to whom? To you?

            Who on earth do you take yourself for? As if I (or Linus) have anything to apologize to you for!

            I advise you to stop taking yourself so seriously. Nobody, least of all me, owes you anything. Deal with your own irrelevance and move on. What else can you do?

          • CliveM

            Really, is that the best you can do? It goes without saying of course that I never made any suggestion that you apologise to me! But hey, when has the facts stopped one of your bizarre little rants.

            Still the fact you are trying to disassociate yourself from your own comments suggests at least embarrassment that you ever made them.

            It’s a start.

          • Bob

            So if I don’t have to apologise to you, who exactly should I apologise to? And if it’s not you, what gives you the right to demand that I apologise?

            Moral busybodies like you really are the lowest form of life. There you sit poking your nose into everyone else’s business and telling them how to behave when your own behaviour is so very questionable.

            Get a life, old fool. Don’t insert yourself into other people’s affairs because you’re bored with the nothingness of your own existence.

          • CliveM

            Oh dear, losing it a bit aren’t you.

            Don’t like me commenting? Tough. If you wish to moralise about others, don’t cry if it happens to you. That’s just ever so slightly petulant and childish.

            That’s called free advice.

          • Bob

            Ah, the moral busybody hates the taste of his own medicine, does he? I knew you’d spit venom after my last comment. Spluttering outrage is what your kind does best.

            I don’t tell others how to live. I leave that up to prissy interfering old women like you. I won’t tell you to get a life because it’s too late for that. But I will tell you to butt out of mine. Your advice is not wanted. Go vomit it over someone stupid enough to be scared by your threats and condemnation.

          • CliveM

            Ah and now we get the tantrums.

            You are a very naught boy, so go stand in the corner and when you’ve calmed down you can go to bed.

            Kind of you to confirm my childish and petulant accusation so readily. Sometimes Linus, you can be played like a puppet.

          • Bob

            If it comforts you to think you’ve won some kind of victory, by all means persist in the fantasy. Fantasy is, after all, what you do best. Fantasy gods, fantasy bogeymen threats, fantasy about the level of power and influence you wield, and now fantasy about defeating your enemies.

            Indeed I really do advise you never to look reality in the face. If you realized how totally impotent you are, you might never recover from the shock.

          • CliveM

            What I really appreciate about your comments is how typically they completely miss the point. Your ability to amuse is never ending.

            I believe in God. Unlike you, I know how impotent I am. Strangely I can live with it quite equably.

          • Bob

            You claim to be impotent, but what you really believe is that your imaginary god will punish me on your behalf. You’re like the nasty little child who, confronted with his own weakness, calls the wrath of his big strong Daddy down on his enemies.

            Go ahead, cry for Daddy to come and protect you. Where is he then? I’m waiting for this Herculean superhero to come and punch my lights out, but oddly enough, he’s nowhere to be seen. How very strange…

          • CliveM

            Get a grip Linus. Why on earth would I want God to punch your light out, when I find you so entertaining?

            So be a good boy, don the motley, strap on your comedy phallus, pick up your bladder stick and dance an amusing jig (figuratively speaking of course).

          • Bob

            And here we have true Christian charity. Can’t win an argument? Spew venom and contempt all over your opponent and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Because turning the other cheek is only meant as advice for other people, isn’t it? Not for you! As god’s favourite son you can be as much of an acid-tongued bitch as you like, because of course it isn’t really you speaking. You’re just a mouthpiece for the Lord.

            Christians really are the best advertisement for atheism. Goad them even just a tiny bit and their true beliefs burst through the fake crust of love and light to show the festering pit beneath.

            This is what Christ has done for you? Not much use to anyone then, is he?

          • CliveM

            “Spew venom and contempt all over your opponent and then pat yourself on the back for a job well done”

            Well we’ve had the petulance, the tantrum and now the breakdown.

            You’re not an opponent Linus, don’t flatter yourself.

            We also haven’t had an argument. We started by having a discussion about your inability to own up to one of the most tasteless and morally vacuous statements made on this blog (which frankly takes some doing). You, as is your want, tried to distract from this by your usual tactic of posting an number of increasing bizzare posts. Ok posts isn’t fair, rants.

            Really I’ve been patience personified, responding with quiet helpful advice and encouragement.

            You really can be very ungrateful.

          • Bob

            We had no discussion at all. You flung an imaginary accusation at me and then proceeded to get all hot under the collar when I laughed at it and you. Typical Christian behaviour. Make something up, pretend it’s the truth and then beat someone you want to get rid of over the head with it.

            Your vileness is exceeded only by your impotence. Look at the fake archbishop’s latest missive. Christians who want to use their faith as an excuse to oppress everyone who doesn’t share it have been sidelined in every walk of life, and boy, are they mad about it. They’ve lost the argument and are now ignored by just about everyone. So what do they do? Congregate on obscure corners of the Internet like this one to bewail and bemoan their fate, and treat any atheist who contradicts them as a scapegoat.

            That’s the reality of modern Christianity. And isn’t it contemptible?

          • CliveM

            Oh Linus your such a card, you are. You’ve brightened up the end of my Christmas holiday considerably.

            Anyway you’re getting repetitive and I’m finding you less entertaining so why don’t we put an end to this before I get bored?

            And as it seems to mean so much to you, just this once, I’ll call you Bob. Bob.

            Just as long as you realise, that I know, you know, indeed everyone knows the truth :0)

          • Bob

            That’s right, when you can’t think of anything to say, just hide your falseness, dishonesty and rage behind a mask of amused boredom.

            You may fool some of the gullible and simple-minded idiots here. You don’t fool me. You know exactly how impotent you are, and the anger and frustration that makes you feel is eating you up.

            Go ahead, gnash your teeth and tear your hair and stomp and wail. Let it out. Keeping it inside will just lead to an early death by stroke or burst aneurism or some other kind of stress related illness.

          • CliveM

            Well you’ve done it now, I’m officially bored.

            Both with your witless and repetitive posts and also with your self regarding ego. Get over yourself Linus, you play no role in my life.

          • Inspector General

            ♫ “What a shit we have in Linus,
            All his sins and griefs to bear!
            What a privilege to carry
            Everything to God in prayer!
            Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
            Oh, what needless pain we bear,
            All because we do not carry
            Linus to God in prayer!”

          • Bob

            What is this obsession with domestic violence? Pining for a woman to beat in order to vent your anger and frustration, are you?

            As your every waking thought seems to be obsessed with the infliction of physical harm, women everywhere might breathe a sigh of relief that you never managed to trap one of them in marriage.

            Project your own evil desires onto me if you like, but words designed to hurt have no effect when their motivation is so very transparent. I feel sorry for you. You are one of the smallest people I’ve ever had the misfortune to interact with.

          • Andre´Kristian

            On the very contrary! I have got a notion that you might be quite aware of the devastating fact, that our brilliant Inspector is one of the greatest men to be found in Britannia of today! That delicate knowledge is subconsciously tormenting you and extorts your never ending need to insult him! I would go as far as to assert that your enviousness towards this clear-sighted and perspicacious gentleman, besets you of such an exceedingly extent, that you are speeding towards complete and utter madness. Poor chap! Take his genius as a man! It would be such a boon if you were able to simply accept the fact you will never be able to vanquish him. Your prime consolation should be, that neither will any other man!
            Spoken freely from a candid heart, engendered by my inveterate intrepidity and slight faculty to infuriate my modest circle of readers,
            Andre´, with gaiety, old chap,with gaiety!

          • Inspector General

            You are most kind, Andre

          • Inspector General

            It is somewhat unfortunate that your domestic arrangement, physically painful for you as it is, is not sufficient to satiate your desperation for victimhood, that you need to come to this Christian blog, lie down in the begging position, and reach out to touch the legs of decent types passing as you whine about the pointlessness of your atheist existence…

          • Bob

            More incoherent nonsense from the usual suspect, I see.

            Is that noise you hear outside your window the sound of the medical orderlies come to restrain you and cart you off to St. Agatha’s Asylum For The Criminally Insane?

            If not, make sure your bag is packed. They can’t be far away.

          • Andre´Kristian

            Damn and blast, sir! How good You are! I gave him a light blow on the chaps, by the way. With amenity 😉

  • John Bishop

    To a very male dominated list of famous names I would like to add my mother who died in June 2015 and who had consistently, graciously and effectively followed the Lord Jesus Christ fore 94 years. Her Christian commitment touched many lives and is no doubt, just one of many more unsung Christian heroes.

    • Inspector General

      “…a very male dominated list of famous names”. Rather like the 12 Apostles then…

      • dannybhoy

        ” 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
        Luke 14.
        And that’s why I don’t like polls for ‘notable Christians’ like this one…..

    • Cressida de Nova

      I am pleased you mentioned your mother. .How blessed you were to have such a parent. These are the real saints.
      It is extreme poor taste to have lists of best Christians. I agree with you,the true Christians are the unsung heroes and there are not enough of them

      • John Bishop

        Thank you Cressida

      • http://www.Telegraph.co.uk/ Marie1797

        Cressida didn’t the Christian calendar give us Mothering Sunday to honour our wonderful mothers?

        This list honours those Christians in public positions who can and have made a difference. I think it must bolster them as well as inspiring the public who read the blog as to who they are and what they have actually achieved. I think this list is far more important than the government’s list of dodgy cronies and criminals they ennoble twice a year for just doing their job and sometimes badly at that too, or for a favour.

      • Bob

        America’s best Christian is Betty Bowers. She’s much holier than anyone on the fake archbishop’s list.

        Of course as America’s best Christian, she’s automatically the world’s best Christian. Nothing the UK can produce can hold a candle to her.

        View it and weep all you Limey wannabe world bests.

        http://youtu.be/OFkeKKszXTw

  • IanCad

    Here is a short BBC clip to put a voice to the face:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036ddsj

    Maybe it’s time to replace the head honchos of the Bradford police.
    Prosperous and happy New Year to all.
    Special prayers for Happy Jack.

    • DanJ0

      Their persecution is outrageous, and we shouldn’t let it go. The full force of the law should be brought to bear on the perps.

      • Inspector General

        What do you suggest that full force would involve DanJ0? Remember, we are talking of a race of people that are unpredictable. It could easily happen that the muslims become enraged and claim it is they who are being persecuted by being unable to carry out one of the tenets of their faith. To wit, the right to persecute, even kill, apostates.

        We are talking about the possibility of mass civil disorder here that could spread all over the central north of England…

        • Martin

          IG

          Not a race, just followers of a tradition of men.

      • http://www.Telegraph.co.uk/ Marie1797

        In to the slammer with them until they get the message that violent bulling isn’t allowed in this country.

    • Dreadnaught

      Thanks for the clip IC. This is what should be shown on national TV to remind the thugs that even though they have been violent intimidating for 13 or 14 years that this is the UK and not rural Pakistan.
      Enough of all the pussyfooting around Muslims and their hyper-sensitivities, its about time we started kicking their arses in this Country if they continue to set up their no-go areas and state within a state existence.
      I believe that we are being culturally colonised by stealth and have become apathetic to what is going on for fear of being called racists or Islamophobes.
      I blame British politicians and Police CCs as much as I blame the Muslim thugs. I wish this man and his family well.

      • Inspector General

        The only thing we can try Dredders is to keep the beasts in order by the threat of deportation for the guilty. To the place where they came from, or their parents came from, or anywhere else of their choosing if they can persuade the place to take them in.

        • Bob

          You can’t try anything. You have no power so to do. You have no electoral mandate and no position of power within any hierarchy that could enable you to facilitate any kind of change. You are supremely impotent, yet that doesn’t stop you from making plans you’ll never be able to implement. The futility of it all is quite staggering, but your time is yours to waste as you see fit, I suppose.

          All you do have is an Internet connection and an entrenched set of opinions. If you want to change the world, you’re going to need a bit more than that.

          • Inspector General

            The great and good and powerful follow this blog. You would be surprised who takes on the Inspector’s wisdom…

          • Bob

            So your god delusion includes a potency delusion as well, does it? There you are, a (semi)pious nobody devoid of all power, so you weave a fantasy of the “great and good and powerful” hanging off your every word and imagine them rushing off to implement your plans on your behalf.

            I suppose we’ll have to call it potency by imagined proxy. It has a certain logic to it. Every thwarted autocrat has to find some way of dealing with the frustration of emasculation and powerlessness. You’ve clearly found yours here on this blog.

          • http://www.Telegraph.co.uk/ Marie1797

            Leave the Inspector alone, he’s much loved.

          • Cressida de Nova

            Don’t be ridiculous. He is a monster.

          • Inspector General

            Does one detect the faintest of arousal in that cold heart of yours, Cressida?

          • Bob

            No, not a monster. Monsters have teeth and are scary and dangerous. The Inspector is just a toothless old fraud, to be laughed at and even pitied rather than feared.

            He is not the stuff of which monsters are made. Muppets perhaps. Or marionnettes of any ilk. But one good puff of wind is all that’s needed to deal with him.

          • Bob

            What, you mean he needs a girl to stand up for him? He won’t like that…

          • Inspector General

            Together we are strong, Marie

          • Inspector General

            Ideas, that man. Ideas and inspiration. Hope and achievement. There is an answer to everything. Let ideas flow and be adopted. Let the fertile minds come forth with knowledge and wisdom and the ability to think the unthinkable…

            Troubled by that?

          • Bob

            Troubled by your ideas? No. As there’s no chance of them ever being implemented, being troubled by them would be a waste of time.

            I will say I’m troubled by you however. Or rather for you. How long can it be before the men in white coats arrive to carry you off to a secure psychogeriatric ward? Not long now…

    • dannybhoy

      Amen.

    • dannybhoy

      I watched that clip again today Ian, and actually sent off an email to the radio station stating my views and supplying a contact number.
      My conscience tells me that if I am not prepared to stand up for Christians in this country being persecuted,then what do I really believe and stand for?
      In fact on both counts; as a Christian and also as a citizen who believes in tolerance and the freedom to follow one’s faith as long as it doesn’t harm, intimidate or lessen freedom and security.

    • David

      Interesting clip.
      I totally support your views – well said !

  • MrsBurgin

    There’s quite an uneven balance of Christian MPs here and some glaring omissions on the Labour side (Timms, Shuker) though, in fairness, I didn’t nominate anyone so I can’t really complain.

  • http://www.twitter.com/therebelsaint Rebel Saint

    Did you really not make it onto the list Cranmer – or did modesty prevent? If you didn’t make it onto the list, then I think your readers should at least make a donation as penance

  • http://theknifeandme.wordpress.com/ The Knife

    Where is Eccles?

    • sarky

      Living with Ken after Deidre died.

    • Martin

      Didn’t he drown?

    • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

      Hiding in a shed.

    • CliveM

      Why are you looking here?

    • David

      Enjoying the cakes perhaps ?

    • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

      In Greater Manchester – just West of Salford.

    • chiefofsinners
  • David

    Coming exceedingly late to this one, I can wholeheartedly applaud the choice of Number One – what a brave man and brave family too – and I can also relate to the elevation of people like Mike Overd, the street preacher, Andrea, the remarkable CEO of Christian Concern, that most excellent, clear and helpful theologian Tom Wright (I have a library of his books), Our Queen and even her son, Charles who has, even if only recently, seen the shallowness of the now utterly discredited multi-culti nonsense and the true value, nay, clear superiority of Christian theology compared to other more strident but very misguided voices.
    There are also no doubt many other worthy characters in that list that I don’t know about, plus one or two I’d really rather not know about. So congratulations to all involved.
    Overall what an excellent scheme is set forth here. I will say that despite my perhaps, in retrospect, earlier, overly cautious questioning of the value of such a seemingly worldly method for drawing attention to Christian’s achievements.

  • Inspector General

    Let the poison flow, Linus. Let it out, all of it.

    Your soul has led your tragic self to this Christian site. Your soul is wanting peace. Jesus is here for you, even if your deranged mind thinks otherwise. Your lifelong hatred and bitterness is now at a stage where you are being overwhelmed. One can only hope that Cranmer allows you to continue posting here while you face your demons…

    • Bob

      You’re right about one thing. I’m certainly facing my worst … if not “demons” exactly, shall we say “nightmare” on this site.

      You.

      Ending up a sad and lonely old git whose mind cracks under the pressure of solitude and starts gibbering about gods and miracles has always seemed like the most ignominious of fates to me.

      As I’m happily married, I doubt that will be my lot in life. Even if I were to wake up tomorrow and find myself alone, I’d still have a lifetime of happiness to look back on, which would cushion the blow of widowerhood significantly, I think.

      No, your fate won’t be mine. But still, here I am forcing myself to interact with you, so I am dicing with a demon, so to speak, although it’s a particularly impotent and toothless example of the species that elicits more pity than fear.

      Why do I do it? To show others the depths of misery, failure and inadequacy on which religion is based, and to make them understand that faith is merely the hysterical chant of a broken mind screaming into the darkness that surrounds it and trying to ward off fear and desperation with magic and spells.

      As you keep on demonstrating this to perfection time after time, you’ve been of invaluable assistance in persuading many that the Christian faith is almost as ridiculous as you are. Keep up the good work! You’re winning converts for atheism across the country, perhaps even the world. Surely that must give you some kind of sense of achievement, although not too much I hope. Your life finally has a purpose and it would be a shame if embarrassment put paid to that now.

      • Inspector General

        You, happily married? Last the Inspector heard was that you were living with another man, a piece of rough you called him. A interesting paring. A younger virile white van type tied to a classic old pantomime dame like you. Small wonder he beats you now, as he imagines where else his future will take him after he’s dispensed with you. You’ve both gone through a peculiar civil ceremony that makes you think you can call each other husband. Now he’s left wondering how the hell you talked him into it. How did you pin him down? We both want to know…

        So, you come onto Cranmer to share your content with the world. Surely someone is to blame for your sorry state of affairs. No, apparently not. It is all of your making. Unrealistic expectations realised in a far from acceptable half arsed way. But then you remember a Roman emperor blaming the Christians. If that was good enough for Nero, it will be surely good enough for you. The Christians have failed to hold your sexual preference in high esteem. You want them to ennoble you to secular high priest status. That’s what you are working on in society at large, and being remarkably successful as society loses the plot of what is. But not the Christians. They’re holding out. Putting up barriers. Denying you, and denial means bigotry, it means homophobia, it means hate. All future impeachable crimes – you’ll see to that.

        Of course, you are not baiting us purely for your own selfish reasons, are you? You are doing it for the good of humanity.
        When you finally replace God with man’s corruption, YOUR corruption, you’ll get your secular priestly status. So you think.

        • Bob

          ROFL!

          It’s amazing how inventive the decaying brain of a man afflicted with senile dementia can be.

          Not long now, Inspector. The nightmare you call life will soon be over and your torment will end. Sweet oblivion will close over you and the rest of us will breathe a sigh of relief.

          For your own good, I hope it comes sooner rather than later. But come it will and then all your hatred will disappear into the void it was birthed from, and the world will be a brighter place.

          • Inspector General

            If this be the stuff of your happiness, then pray sir, give us more!

  • Andre´Kristian

    Priggish pismire and prevaricator,
    I am devilishly flattered to receive such a plentiful share of your vile verbiage and attention. Albeit, firing doesn´t come without ricochets, my wicked warmonger!
    Regarding your ineloquent tirades and socio-political upbraiding, of course, that communist propaganda has to be so much more valuable than the archaisms and amateur attempts performed by this quaint but confoundedly strong-principled, Swedish fellow. (Please pardon my intrepid efforts to write in English instead of Japanese.)
    Now, if I may propound, instead of wasting so much time amongst your opponents, why don´t you compose a spiffing proletarian novel? Share your visions of Utopia, an assumed anarchial society/multicultural dechristianized hotchpotch, where obsolete phenomenons like common sense, good manners, legal security and decency are efficiently eradicated by your ignominous ilk.
    Concerning the prime object for your passionate outbursts of rage, temper and frustration, viz our centurion and Inspector, the rumour has it he´s an imposing expert shot and marksman. Your benevolent buttock could be a tempting target for a jolly shot-cartridge!
    Consequently, your uxorious will have to do with less love during your painful convalescence, dear chap. Haha!
    Futher more, perhaps such a deserving deed would temporarily frustrate your knavish tricks on Cranmer.
    Impish regards from your fervent foe – see you in the turmoil of this verbal battle!

    • Bob

      I didn’t read past the first line of that utterly incoherent word dump you just posted.

      My suggestion to you is to post in your own language. I don’t speak Swedish, but Google would make a better job of translating it than you do, so why not spare yourself the trouble and the embarrassment of a job poorly done and write in a language you master?

      Let modern technology take the strain of providing us with a version we can understand. That way we might have a fighting chance of understanding the point you want to make.

      • Andre´Kristian

        I regard your reply as a deplorable result of the unfortunate combination of too much spare time and insufficient medication. (Living from allowance after absconding from the reformatory?) Well, now, I don´t think you are in any position to mention embarrassment, haha! But how may I adjust the written language to suit an undiscerning and embittered socialist rotter, whose sole intention is to insult and offend?
        I shouldn´t say my texts are more disconnected and incoherent than yours. They are presumedly quite comprehensible to most normal adults.
        Your sword is too blunt to cause any harm, if you are able to pardon my metaphor.
        However, one cannot but feel commiseration for Bob, this output of in-breeding and his straining after effect. This compulsion and possession of his, this eager desire to spread his loathsome linguistic litter, is nothing but repugnant.
        Farewell, you depraved little vermin! Don´t tread upon Cranmer, please. Enough is enough!

        • Inspector General

          Exemplary Andre. One salutes you, Sir!

        • Bob

          More unreadable nonsense from Hagar the Horrible…

  • Dreadnaught

    I watched a couple of the Betty Bowers spoof vids [link submitted by ‘Bob’] which at first I found humorous and more than a little thought provoking. Certainly much there that could stimulate interesting exchanges between an atheist and a ‘Believer’ very much in the manner IanCad would describe as ‘militant’ atheist’ I imagine.
    However, after halfway through the second I found myself irritated in as much as this was not an example militant atheism addressed as a satire but a satire of Christianity only.
    If Linus was truly an atheist let alone a militant one, should he not have found something that addresses the real threat to our culture and future world environment in the form of Islam? Spoofing Christianity is like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that they are never going to shoot back. So this latest incarnation of the one who declares Cranmer to be a fake Archbishop, is the biggest fake of us all. He knows damned well his self deluding vicarious assault on Christianity is not what being atheist in a traditionally Christian culture is about at all. On the contrary he and the team who produce the vids, would more than likely [should they be so brave or stupid enough to abide in a muslim country] likely to have found himself and them him flung from the nearest tall building and stoned for good measure when they felt the bump.
    Focusing on attacking one religion alone is not atheism; neither is atheism a cause to be hijacked and displayed to all and sundry as an all enclosing cloak of convenience for a militant pro-homosexual agenda.
    So sorry Linus [I mean Bob] you may well be atheist but have a little honesty, a bit less ‘fake’ and stick to what you really regard as your cause celebre and leave atheism out of it – as a fellow atheist I am ‘offended’ that you are so safely selective in your atheism.

    • Bob

      What a diatribe!

      Don’t blame me for Betty Bowers’ selective approach to the religions she ridicules. She performs in a context different to our own where Islam is less visible and Evangelical Christianity dominates the landscape.

      In any case, whether she’s aware of Muslim attitudes to marriage or not, she has the right to select her target as she sees fit. I have the right to appreciate her efforts and do the same. Just because we don’t lambast the enemy that fills your obsessive and myopic field of vision doesn’t mean our point of view has no value.

      I can’t speak for Mrs Bowers, but I’m no friend to Islam. But Islam is a minority faith that has little influence on public policy, except in the minds of obsessive Islamophobes like you who see Muslim bogeymen under every stone. Our government doesn’t act in the name of Allah. Town councils don’t intone Muslim prayers before each meeting. Unelected imams don’t sit in parliament voting on legislation that affects everybody. Yes, there’s a terrorist threat linked to fundamentalist Islam, but 40 years ago there was a terrorist threat linked to radical Irish republicanism. Were all of your waking thoughts then obsessed with the Irish? Did you demand that Irish immigration be halted and any Irishman who refused to swear allegiance to the Queen be sent home? Perhaps you did – your personality type always has to lock its hatred and fear on one unlikely target to the exclusion of all others.

      If anyone gives atheism a bad name, it’s Islamophobes and fearmongers like you. Your tactics reek of 1930s fascism. Isolate and attack one ethnic group and make bogeymen out of them. The Nazis did it to the Jews and you want to do it to Muslims.

      • Dreadnaught

        Its not Betty Bowers I was aiming at as you well know and understand. Its you and your hypocrisy at calling someone a fake when you are a bigger one yourself and can’t even stick to your own nom de plume.

        • CliveM

          “What a diatribe!”

          If only he would develop a sense of irony!!!!!!!

          • Pubcrawler

            As I think I said of the first Linus: more projection than a multiplex cinema.

          • CliveM

            Trouble with all that projection, is that it seems to have blinded him!

      • dannybhoy

        “In any case, whether she’s aware of Muslim attitudes to marriage or not, she has the right to select her target as she sees fit.”

        She does indeed.

        And all the time she continues to live in a Western democracy built on Christian values and principles, she will have that freedom to choose her own targets…..

        http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-pregnant-yazidi-women-abortion-sex-slaves-147374/

      • carl jacobs

        Our government …

        What? You’re not French, then? No moat? No castle? And what of your claimed ability to speak English better than a native speaker? Was it all a lie?

        Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so.

        • Bob

          So I’m Joe now, am I? Very inventive with names, you colonials.

          Being a colonial, you may never have heard of the concept of dual nationality. It’s relatively common in Europe. Some of us have two citizenships. It happens when parents of two different nationalities decide their children should benefit from both.

          One of my parents was British. The other was not. And I don’t think I’ve ever discussed the architecture of my home(s) on this blog. Nor have I revealed anything about their garden landscaping. If you can find one of my posts where I have, I’ll stand corrected. But I certainly can’t recall any.

          And as for your castle and moat envy, if medieval magnificence is what you desire, you can purchase any amount of it at Home Depot for a very modest sum. Go ahead, fill that badly built suburban box you live in with as much stick-on polystyrene detailing as you like. Erect plastic towers. Dig a ditch around it all, fill it with water and call it a moat. There’s no need to be envious of those who have the real thing. After all, yours will be so much better because the vulgar and tacky pastiche will be of your own design.

          • carl jacobs

            So I’m Joe now, am I?

            No, as far as I can tell, you are Linus VI. You constantly re-invent yourself for some strange reason. The reference to “Joe” was an allusion. It’s a famous quote that somehow seemed very appropriate to the occasion.

          • Bob

            Your allusion escapes me. This is probably due to both an age and a cultural difference. I didn’t grow up in American suburbia and my university years did not span the “decade that taste forgot”. I didn’t “rebel” by growing my hair long and listening to the children of middle class parents wail about having their cosy bourgeois certainties betrayed by flawed sports heroes. And for this I am eternally grateful. To the cold, impartial hand of random fate, of course.

            It matters little who you think I am. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking I’m anything like you. The American middle class always believes that everyone else is either just like them, or trying to be. It’s this mistake that will prove to be their undoing once all the money has run out.

          • carl jacobs

            It matters little who you think I am.

            I don’t care who you are. All that matters is that you have lied, and lied, and lied again. I don’t make the mistake of thinking you are anything like me. I couldn’t even if I wanted to do so. I don’t know anything about you – other than that you are a liar and a deceiver.

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            … and full of pride, self love and hatred.

          • Bob

            That’s about the level I’d expect from you. Playground stuff. Liar, liar, liar, pants are on fire…

          • carl jacobs

            The truth is a sufficient defense unto itself, Linus VI. You cannot discredit it by such nonsense.

          • Bob

            The world sees you for what you are. A petulant child screaming at other children because he can’t get his way. “Liar, liar, liar!” just means “waaaah, do it my way or I’ll scweam and scweam and scweam until I turn blue!”

            Go right ahead. Scweam and turn blue. Nobody’s listening any more. We’ve all become selectively deaf to Christians wailing about how everything has to be done to their satisfaction, or else! There is no “or else”, except more wailing. That’s all you know how to do.

            So wail away. Shriek yourselves to exhaustion. Even the most petulant child runs out of steam eventually. When you’ve reached the stage where you run off to sulk in a corner, then we’ll all be able to get on with our lives. Until then, cotton wool, stoicism and the occasional slap around the chops when the shrillness reaches a particularly piercing crescendo will do the trick.

          • CliveM

            Carl

            He is certainly a liar, but fortunately he deceives no one!

          • Pubcrawler

            Except himself.

          • The Explorer

            Linus probably couldn’t cope either with, “Play it again, Sam” or “Et tu, Brute” or “You will, Oscar, you will.”

          • Pubcrawler

            He might recognise ‘Hello, Dolly’, though.

          • The Explorer

            You have, in a previous incarnation, discussed your homes on the blog: two of them in quite some detail. I’d show you, if you hadn’t deleted your Linus identity.

          • CliveM

            Happy New Year Explorer!

          • The Explorer

            Thank you. Same to you.

          • CliveM

            If I remember correctly, inherited from his grandfather whose family had been minor French nobility. I remember him telling us all a very “droll” story about a snobbish Granny (or Aunt perhaps, dear me my memory).

          • The Explorer

            Can’t remember either whether it was Aunt or Granny (and in view of subsequent unreliability might well be neither) but the rest is spot on. He had a main residence in Paris – probably Marais district, but that is inference on my part – with landscaped grounds for the nephews and nieces to run around in. A chateau in Lorraine. And a third residence in Paris. He referred to it at Easter time, comparing mosque attendance with chapel attendance. Can’t remember which of the first two had the moat, but one of them certainly had.

          • CliveM

            Yes he boasted the moat was used to keep out Christian. But like you can’t remember which of his properties had it.

            I wonder if he can?

          • Bob

            Better and better! Go on, flesh out the life of your new deity with more invented detail.

            So far the Gospel According to St. Explorer has him living in a castle in Lorraine, whereas St. Pubcrawler places him in the Limousin. This is a promising start. You’ll soon have more contradictions than the Christian bible. Just imagine the scope for holy wars, crusades and heresies in a few hundred years!

          • Pubcrawler

            The chateau (with moat) was more Limousin way, IIRC. It’s an area I know moderately well, but couldn’t locate it when I had a nose on Google Maps.

          • Bob

            Not Linus again! Funny how this mythical person has left no trace of himself for anyone to show as evidence of his existence. Rather like Christ, he came, he conquered and then he disappeared in a puff of smoke leaving a confused bunch of disoriented figures reeling in his wake and telling wildly different stories about who he was and what he did.

            Who knows, in a generation or two we may even see a cult of Linus. And in a thousand years, entire nations may worship his name. It’s happened in the past…

          • The Explorer

            Christ didn’t disappear in a puff of smoke. A cloud hid him from their view at the Ascension, but that’s not the same thing.
            A comparison between Christ and Linus does hold up for anyone other than Linus. Christ may have conquered, but Linus certainly didn’t. Linus disappeared in defeat over the meaning of ‘pissoir’. Far from there being wildly different stories, about the timing of Linus’ departure, and the reason for it, there is 100% unanimity.

          • Bob

            Cloud, smoke … potatoes, potahtoes…

            Now you’re just quibbling over meaningless details, although some would say that this is what religion is all about. Did the Lord Bob disappear in a puff of smoke or was he wafted up to heaven on a cloud? Think very carefully, your salvation could be at stake!

          • The Explorer

            Cloud, smoke … potatoes, potahtoes…
            False analogy. Different words are not the equivalent of different pronunciations of the same word.
            LInus/Bob: “Look, look the sky’s on fire! It’s smoking!”
            Psychiatric Nurse: “Relax, those are clouds. Didn’t mummy and daddy tell you the difference between clouds and smoke?”

          • Bob

            Clouds are particles of water. Smoke is particles of carbon. Both are in suspension in the air. Both have similar appearances. They’re more alike than you care to admit. They’re also easy to mistake for each other.

            Whether your imaginary saviour disappeared in a puff of smoke or riding on a cloud, in both instances his exit was as fictional as his status as the son of an equally imaginary deity. People don’t disappear in puffs of smoke. Nor can they hitch a ride on passing clouds. It’s a made-up story designed to impart supernatural qualities to a very ordinary man, if he ever existed at all.

            It’s easy to talk about riding on clouds. It’s less easy to demonstrate that it can or has ever been done. But easy or not easy doesn’t matter to Christians. What matters is that whatever they say, no matter how abject and nonsensical it may be, MUST be believed. The tantrum they throw when it isn’t is quite staggering in its scope and utter childishness.

          • The Explorer

            “People don’t disappear in puffs of smoke.” Tell that to suicide bombers; or the non-Islamic victims of 9/11.

          • Bob

            Ah, I see. So Christ was blown to pieces by a bomb and the delusion of his resurrection was actually his followers suffering from PTSD.

            Makes perfect sense.

          • The Explorer

            Christ wasn’t part of that particular statement. I queried your contention that people don’t vanish in puffs of smoke. Rather than refuting my point, you have changed the subject.

          • Bob

            Only people who die and don’t come back disappear in puffs of smoke. Unless they’re magicians.

            So which was Christ?

    • Inspector General

      Hear! Hear!

    • len

      Bob/ Linus has set himself up as the ‘Truthfinder General’ of Cranmers Blog and the irony is Truth cannot penetrate the prejudices and pre -conceptions he has barricaded himself behind…

      • David

        Well put !

    • IanCad

      A well thought out post Dred.

      • Dreadnaught

        He rarely engages in debate; just likes to provoke a meaningless exchange of insults. He’s not stupid, which is a bit sad as he could contribute something interesting and from a different perspective. I’d hate to see a moderation queue being applied here, which is why I spoke out.

  • Andre´Kristian

    Valued participants,
    we are all aware of the fact that this pathetic, highflown and self-righteous creature, calling himself “Bob”, is merely one of the many loquacious spokesmen for the old deuce himself. The way I look upon it, one shouldn´t pay any further attention to his never ending stream of words, so evidently impregnated by filth and malevolence, it´s more than enough to make any decent fellow disgusted! I find his conduct utterly condemnable. It´s the strangest thing he apparently regards himself as the only sane person here. One of his comments even includes an allusion to “men in white coats”. However, by every sentence he commits, he reveals his own deplorable mental condition. His game is over, and as far as I am concerned, he has lost. He is completely uninteresting and feeds merely from his own, imagined excellence and fancies. A Danse Macabre?! Requiescat in pace – a wonderful idea! Thank You!

    • sarky

      Sorry Andre, but people cannot complain about their free speach being curbed and then try and curb someone’s free speach no matter how deplorable they find it.

      • Pubcrawler

        Where is he calling for anyone’s speech to be curbed? Merely that certain comments be ignored, which is what many of us do already.

        Anyway:
        http://xkcd.com/1357/

      • Andre´Kristian

        Mr Sarky,
        any reasonable and sensible chap would assent to the guide-line there´s a distinction between the privilege of expressing opinions AND to abuse the free speech. To systematically and repeatedly defame and scoff at other commenters, is to be regarded as a malefaction.
        Confoundedly unbeseeming!
        To argue with the devil, in this case his verbal slut, is completely useless and a waste of time. NEVER expect any common sense from the Evil One and his retinue. Nay, sir!

  • The Explorer

    Bob has not only changed his LInus identity, he’s even changed his Bob Identity.
    When Bob first appeared he had a SImpsons-style avatar and was a good ol’ boy from Oklahoma or Idaho or somewhere. I forget which, but one of those states a former Linus incarnation mocked for not being on either coast.

    Now Bob had edited himself and become an International Man of Mystery. What mystery? Same old Linus (or Bob) by another name.

    • Bob

      You see Linus under every stone, it seems. He is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. He is invisible and intangible, yet all of you seem obsessed by him.

      Is Linus your god?

      • The Explorer

        Do you deny your change of identity?

        Some like train spotting. Some like plane spotting. Linus spotting is entertaining, and a mild diversion from serious discussion.

        • Bob

          Ah, I’m beginning to understand. You take me for an aspect of Linus, don’t you?

          As my posts are very much in the here and now, I suppose that makes me your bizarre cult’s version of Christ. Fully Linus and fully Bob, as it were. Is there a third element to this bicephalous deity of yours? Are we three in one and one in three?

          And what do you call yourselves? Are you Bobbians? Or Bobologists? How about Orthobobs? Or Bobolics? I suppose I should be pretending to be omniscient and know this already, but what I say won’t make any difference to your faith. In a generation or so you’ll be able to dispose of my words and write your own version of events, and then nobody ever will know that the founder of your religion thought it was all utter nonsense. It’s worked once. Why not again?

          • The Explorer

            “Ah, I’m beginning to understand.”
            Bit slow on the uptake aren’t you?

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            Happy New Year, Explorer.

          • The Explorer

            Same to you, HJ. Delighted to see that you are once again able to contribute.

          • http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/ Happy Jack

            “Ah, I’m beginning to understand. You take me for an aspect of Linus, don’t you?”

            No, we take you for a fraud, a liar and a deceiver, who visits this sight to vent his spleen against the Christian faith. Get over yourself. Such hatred is unhealthy.

        • CliveM

          If you read my, er ongoing correspondence, with Linus, you can see he pretty much (at least inadvertently) admits to being him. How else to explain his comments with regards who should he apologise to and also his outrage that I should moralise about it.

          Snort!

          The rest you can pretty much ignore

    • Dreadnaught

      Its the same game Happy Jack played when as DoDo or whatever it was he called himself and caused him to incur the wrath of Cranmer. These trolls will use any number of names, even leaving messages against themselves because creating confusion is what entertains them.
      DON’T FEED THE TROLL.

  • Ian Chisnall

    I share the reservations of those who question if the list should exist, however it does and so comments are appropriate. The extent of male domination (3:1) is perhaps no real surprise as the two biggest groups (Senior Anglican Clergy & Conservative Politicians) are both dominated by men. The lack of Church leaders from outside of the Church of England and the lack of Politicians from outside of the Tory Party is extremely disturbing if one was looking for the list to be treated seriously. Inevitably the list reflects its compilers (ie the readers of Cranmer) and these folk reflect the appeal of Cranmer and his other contributors. As a non Anglican whose Politics are some way to the left of most of the Politicans listed, I guess its not a website I will visit all that often.