This morning at Springfield Church I made the following announcement: As many of you know, besides being Minister of Springfield Church I am also Dean of Fresh Expressions in Southwark Diocese. The role there is aimed at helping churches in the diocese start new congregations/ ministries and churches that reach out to the unchurched and
Great angst on the blogophere. It seems that, shock horror, the zodiac signs are all wrong!!!
An astronomy professor from Minneapolis has pointed out that the sky has changed in the last few thousand years and that therefore the zodiac is wrong. See his explanation on the BBC.
Associated Press quote one worried person in Miami
MIAMI – Sofia Whitcombe began her day with the startling realization that she might not be exactly who she thought she was.
“My whole life, I thought I was a Capricorn,” the 25-year-old publicist said. “Now I’m a Sagittarius? I don’t feel like a Sagittarius!” It felt, she said, like a rug had been pulled from under her feet.
“Will my personality change?” she mused. “Capricorns are diligent and regimented, and super-hard-working like me. Sagittarians are more laid back. This is all a little off-putting.”
Must admit that I’ve never been into the zodiac stuff. In my first year after university I shared a house with a couple of girls who would religiously read their star signs and even went and paid for their star sign to be read.
I tried to be nice. Truly I did. I moved out.
Saint Augustine pointed out in the 4th century that he and his slave were born on the same day and were totally different in status and character.
So I found it mildly humorous that this professor points out that the star signs have been moving over the centuries.
The danger, for me, of star signs is that they seem to pre-determine your personality and your character. It seems to me that this can all too easily lead either that a) everything is pre-determined and I can’t do anything and/or b) That my character is largely set and I can’t change it.
All too easily it is the way of having cheap spirituality. Spirituality that doesn’t really challenge you to make a difference in the world.
Still. I shan’t convince anyone and I am sure that the good professor is unlikely to either.
Video of the good professor here.