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Martin Niemoller:

‘First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
for I was not a Jew.
And then they came for me –
and there was no one left to speak for me.’

Archbishop Rowan Williams’ excellent reflections on this quote and speaking for the stranger on Holocaust Memorial Day:

For all the Dr Who fans out there who are accustomed to being on the alert for excellent theological analogies… The TARDIS is a portable bit of heaven. Here’s why.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle

“Fair Sir,” said Tirian to the High King, “this is a great marvel.”

“It is the door you came through with the Calormene five minutes ago,” said Peter smiling.

“But did I not come in out of the wood into the stable? Whereas this seems to be a door leading from nowhere to nowhere.”

“It looks like that if you walk round it,” said Peter. “But put your eye to that place where there is a crack between two of the planks and look through.”

Tirian put his eye to the hole. At first he could see nothing but blackness. Then, as his eyes grew used to it, he saw the dull red glow of a bonfire that was nearly going out, and above that, in the black sky, stars. Then he could see dark figures moving about or standing between him and the fire: he could hear them talking and their voices were like those of Calormenes. So he knew that he was looking out through the stable door into the darkness of Lantern Waste where he had found his last battle…

He looked around again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all round him laughing.

“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”

“Yes,” said the Lord Digory. “Its inside is bigger than its outside.”

If you keep reading, you’ll find that the boundaries between worlds starts to disappear when Father Time wakes up; it is his sleep that kept time going in its ordinary way of being. But then he wakes up. And there is only one sensible explanation for what happens next:

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly…  time-y wimey… stuff.” (The Doctor)

Yet another reason why Russell T Davies and Stephen Moffat are excellent theologians.

Quote of the Week

“I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner

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