This afternoon came as a bit of a shocker for me. All appeared to be going to plan. The sun was shining, I had finished a nice lunch, and cup of tea in hand I was just about to settle down with a good book when I discovered the news. It seems that the good life here in Durham is about to get a bit bleaker. Thanks to a hot tip from Matt Malcolm, I have come to learn that N. T. Wright, the big cheese himself, is hanging up the robes and mitre, rolling up his ink-stained sleeves, and preparing to unleash upon us all a proverbial torrent of trenchant texts, the sheer volume of which is surely enough to throttle the imagination.
No, I’m afraid it’s a true story. N. T. has announced his retirement as Bishop of Durham in favor of an academic post at the University of St. Andrews effective this Autumn. For more on this breaking news event, have a look here, here, or even here.