Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Saturday, 14 May 2011

Royal Wedding - further thoughts on Christian marriage


In my post Royal Wedding - Christian marriage I commented on the fact that this was very obviously a statement of Christian belief and commitment, and could be seen as an emphatic response to the secularising trends of recent years. Ina few short sentences the vast watching public heard the essentials of Christian teaching on marriage enunciated and proclaimed in word and ceremony.

I am not I see the only person to be struck by this. Stephanie Mann of Supremacy and Survival has an excellent post Reflections on the Royal Wedding on this and other aspects of the wedding, and has links to Elena Maria Vidal' s Tea at Trianon post The Royal Wedding: Killjoys Be Gone!. Both stressing the very clear emphasis on the Christian nature of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess, and citing an article by Melanie Phillips which forcefully underlines the point, and expounds reasons as to why so many people can and do relate to the institution on monarchy.

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