Giles Fraser has been appointed to the post of "Residentiary Canonry" of St. Paul's Cathedral, Downing Street announced today.
Last month the same Giles Fraser complained in the Guardian that the core Christian doctrine of the Atonement was "a disgusting idea, and morally degenerate."
"For too long, Christians have put up with a theory of salvation that has at its core the idea that God requires the sacrifice of his own son so that human sin can be cancelled," Giles Fraser wrote on April 11, 2009. "The fact this is a disgusting idea, and morally degenerate, is obvious to all but those indoctrinated into a very narrow reading of the cross."
If you hold to the Christian (and Anglican) doctrine of the atonement, then according to the new Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, you are "indoctrinated." He has a hard time, apparently, coping with "all that sacrificial imagery so commonly applied to the death of Christ."
And of course, he takes even further, calling Christians everywhere to "insist upon a non-sacrificial reading of the death of Christ."
If that's not enough, he then dismisses not only the Pope and the Roman Catholic approach to the Mass, but also those "evangelical Christians," who "remain committed to their theory of Christ being sacrificed to offset human sin."
Right. And today this man was made a canon of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read Giles Fraser's original essay from last month here. Another essay is here. Read more on his appointment today here.