RIP Rabbi Lionel Blue

December 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm (BBC, good people, humanism, Jim D, religion, RIP)

In general, I believe there’s too much (uncritical) time devoted to religion on the BBC. I particularly hate Thought for the Day on the Radio 4 Today programme.

But Rabbi Lionel Blue was different: not a proselytiser for his own religion, or even for religion in general, he talked about his doubts and failures with warmth, humanity and gentle, self-deprecating humour. He once, memorably, outed himself as gay during Thought for the Day.

He said, more than once, that his only aim when he broadcast, was to make life more bearable for people getting out of bed on a Monday morning and facing the everyday worries and problems of life.

I know I’m not the only atheist who will miss him.

Guardian obit here


  1. tedjedwards said,

    Didn’t need to be religious to enjoy listening to Rabbi Blue and what he did say was often thought provoking.

  2. kb72 said,

    Lovely bloke. Wore his religion lightly.

  3. Glasgow Working Class said,

    He outed himself as Gay and was not stoned. Only in Britain.

  4. David Lindsay said,

    I knew Lionel when he was a Visiting Fellow of Grey College, Durham and I was a Tutor there. He was exactly the same in the flesh as on the pages of his breathtaking autobiography. Perhaps we shall all be that honest in old age? But I doubt it.

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