Spam and Jerusalem

April 10, 2008 at 10:03 am 1 comment

So Southwark Cathedral has blackballed ‘Jerusalem’.

Quite right, IMHO. Sure it’s poetic, but the hymn is (a) a load of old twaddle, and (b) dangerously liable to be taken seriously.

I mean, can we just quit please with the silly superstition that the boy Jesus was brought to Glastonbury by Joseph of Arimathea? No, those feet didn’t in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green.

And as for the second verse – what an astounding marriage of Enlightenment nouveau-Pelagianism with Christendom-flavoured nationalism. Look, we’re not going to build the eschatological Jerusalem anywhere, let alone in England’s green and pleasant Land (sic).

If you want a good sing (and who doesn’t?), try the rather wonderful Iona Community setting of Philippians 2.6-11, “Though one with God”.  Tune: Parry, ‘Jerusalem’ 🙂

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  • 1. Eamon  |  April 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I agree.

    I think Jerusalem is an entertaining tune. Perhaps should be sung at football matches. But not in Church ..

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