Just go away Dawkins

I’m so looking forward to Lent and once more accompanying the Lord Jesus now dwelling in my heart through his passion and resurrection.  What a drag prayer used to be when I was a monk and, so unexpectedly, how...

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Dawkins thinks colours are ‘arbitrary tags’ but for Newton ye colors are in ye light

One of the first iconic experiments  in science was Newton’s shining light through a prism.  He sported his oak at Cambridge (for it is not concordant with the honour of an ancient university to use so banal a phrase...

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Where the beauty?

We share 99% of our genes with chimpanzees.  We are almost the apes that we are not.  In six million years, perhaps as little as four million, in the blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, we evolved from...

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Not holding out my empty jam jar though

Who was the primary cause of the decline of the economy in the American rust belt? Trump. Trump and people like him. Every dollar that should be paid in taxes but (usually quite legally) isn't, means that to keep...

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Nothing is a very busy place

Atheists, whose intellectual honesty generally speaking is only equalled by the limitations  of their theological enquiries, are usually in reaction to the idea of a God somewhere beyond the sky who manufactured the world much as you might make...

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Let it be

Genesis and science are surprisingly in agreement with each other.  Hawking says the Big Bang came out of nothing,   Genesis says in the beginning the earth was empty and void.  Evolutionary science says developing life wasn’t made by anybody...

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‘This is my body’

Atheists and religious believers alike, we are all still conditioned by Paley’s account of the creation as a mechanical contrivance.  Look how exquisitely contrived all these organisms are around us, said Paley.  How could they be so exquisitely contrived...

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A different view of Darwin: the poet who died

The young Darwin was the most tender hearted and deeply feeling and most joyful of souls.   His experiences of nature in South America during the voyage of The Beagle were intense and ecstatic encounters with the sublime, which, he...

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