Thursday, 17 September 2009

Dem Bones Dem Bones Dem .... Dry Bones

If you’re still a rabid Daily Mail reader and don’t believe that our existing drug laws promote crime, then have a read of this pilot conducted in 3 English cities which had excellent results.

Bones from the thigh and foot of St Therese of Lisieux have arrived in the UK for a tour. This quaint Catholic rite of exhibiting the remains of saints seems rather macabre to me and I can see little point in people wanting to view them. It’s not exactly as if she was an Egyptian Pharaoh from the Old Kingdom. Perhaps it’s more to do with the Catholics’ belief that uttering a few words over her bones will facilitate a temporal reversal of the universal laws of nature.

I say ‘laws’, but it’s not as if matter reads a book of rules and then consciously obeys these rules; we merely use the word ‘laws’ to describe matter’s observed patterns of behaviour, patterns from which they never deviate. Catholics (among others of a religious bent) are firmly, yet without firm evidence, of the opinion that the laws of nature can be violated by incantation through the intercession of supernatural forces, for which again there is no evidence other than heresay. No prayer has ever achieved anything more than can be achieved by a competent therapeutic hypnotist.


  1. I always find a visit to your Blog, a splash of holy water, and a few incantations against the Daily Mail makes me feel better. Instead of Chairman Bill how does Saint Bill sound?

  2. Wait...St. Therese had bones?


  3. Is it a walking tour?
    Good grief.. they've sent relics into orbit! I am speechless.

  4. You're not allowed to say "Dem Bones" anymore, Bill mate. At least not according to the local nurseries and playgroups around here. Its got to be "Them Bones". And I think Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul has been pissed about with too.

    Kids eh?

  5. I wonder where the rest of her is? I now have this mental image of various bits of skeleton floating around the place in DHL bags.

    Weird, just weird.

  6. You make an interesting link between prayer and hypnotherapy. Now we know what the priests can re-train as when they get fired for kiddy-fiddling.

  7. PS... I read the article. An interesting experiment. Lets hope it works - it can have positive ramifications on many aspects of an addict and the issues surrounding that addict,

  8. Apologies for the late reply - was at HQ all day yesterday.

    Alan: I'm quite happy with Grand Hierophant of the Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic.

    Braja: Well, obviously not as many now as before.

    Scarlet: Nice one!

    Steve: Doubtless being used in magic rituals.

    Dave: Now you're being contentious.

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