The Bishop of Windbag
For a man letting it all hang out with work buddies over pints after a long shift on the husbandry grounds, his language may be understandable. For a bishop of God's church it is a curious display of intemperate politicking reflecting poorly on the man himself and compounding the sense that the Church of England's appointed leaders on most controversies consider themselves backed into a corner. From that corner continues to come a curiouser and curiouser brand of friendship revealing itself as a shaking fist.
Notably, Durham in his comments draws a bright line between rights and justice, and the pattern of Scripture--for a scholar of the Bible, a difficult line to argue under any circumstances, but for a politicking bishop, an easy and expedient case to make. Ms. Gledhill lets Durham go on and on for far too long, and one would hope that in future she or a thoughtful sub-editor might take the pruning shears to more of his offerings.
Certainly the interview makes clear that to his successes as Bishop of Durham and his accolades as a scholar of the New Testament, N.T. Wright has garnered another honorific--the Bishop of Windbag.