Friday, 23 January 2009

Sir John Mortimer RIP

I was delighted to read the Times account of Sir John Mortimer’s funeral at Turville Church, Buckinghamshire. Among great tributes from his massed friends and admirers, the tip of a huge iceberg, I am glad to know the Vicar did a good job holding things together in Church, and capturing the spirit:
“Sir John called himself an atheist for Christ. He always came to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. But he emphatically did not believe in life after death.
My hope,” she added, “is that he has had a wonderful surprise.”
The C of E at its best, I thought. And the Atheism? It sounds as though God views atheism as a harmless eccentricity, which probably doesn’t really exist as much as people think, infinitely better than pretending to believe, which is a ruddy menace...

8 comments:

lasvegaswynn.net said...

RIP :(

Bob MacDonald said...

Undoubtedly one of the greats - forever remembered from the phrase 'she who must be obeyed'

John Bassett said...

Of course, atheism was the charge leveled against the earliest Christians. So, being an atheist in a sense is returning to the roots of the faith.

We are all atheists. That is, we all disbelieve is some other person's conception of God, and from that person's point of view, we're atheists. At the same time, we all believe is some kind of ultimate reality, and whether we call that God or not, we are all believers.

Mike Peatman said...

A great creative mind lost, and a splendid job by the vicar!

Peter Kirk said...

May God bless him. But when I read of a woman vicar at that church I can't help thinking of Dawn French, Vicar of Dibley, which was filmed in the beautiful village of Turville.

HowCanIMakeMoney said...

RIP :(

Peter Kirk said...

I remembered the name of another drama filmed in Turville, the film Goodnight Mister Tom. I suppose that this would have been more to John Mortimer's liking than The Vicar of Dibley, for the story prefigures his "campaign to turn the school into a centre for underprivileged children from inner cities, who began to arrive in Turville to get a taste of country life", as mentioned in The Times report of the funeral.

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Thanks for the reminder about GMT, Peter. A rather more mellow John Thaw than Inspector Mor(o)se. Another wonderful man.

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