As a historian, I am more than a little cross at those who distort the historical record to add a bogus antiquity to their fantasies. There was, for example, no association between morris dancing and any ancient monument.
As a Christian, I am frankly appalled by Mr Vyvyan-Jones's glib claim to be both a Christian and a pagan. I can only assume that he, like Humpty Dumpty, has his own private definition of the word.
However, his posturings cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should be recognised as symptomatic of a widespread and deeply felt unease with modern life - of the kind, for example, that inspired the Pre-Raphaelites. In other words, they tell us more about the late 20th century than they do about the seasons, the Bronze Age, or Jesus Christ.
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