The brutalisation of nature by critics

A few years ago, I forget why now, I had to read round recent critical assessments of The Tempest.  Many of them, especially ones written by women, were of the deconstructionalist variety.  Take this play apart and underneath you...

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is there an ironic justice in the universe?

 Is there an ironic justice in the universe?  Of course there is.  Every great tragedy tells you that.  Will nature pay us out for the destruction we are wreaking on it?  Of course it will,  ounce for ounce and...

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You know a holy person when you meet them

I'm thinking today of Father Leander, an old Irish monk I knew when I was myself a monk.  You don't meet many really holy people but you know them when you meet them.  He was one.  He was unwittingly...

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Dawkins and the moral zeitgeist

I love Richard Dawkins’ writings.  With the exception, that is, of The God Delusion.   Though having said that I admire his courage in publishing it extremely.   This is a book that glows with sincerity.   How God would love to...

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Unremarked on Maps

Unremarked On Maps As evening steals quietly over Edinburgh And lights come on in eighteenth century rooms Intimate portraits appear in windows Dusk thickens in the streets and lamps begin to glow And imperceptibly a feeling of melancholy comes...

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O my dear hert yong Jesu

O my deare hert yong Jesu sweit, prepare they creddill in my spreit, and I sall rock thee to me hert.  And never mair from thee depart.  And I sall prais thee evermoire with sanges swete unto thy gloire....

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The Lord will come with great might and all flesh shall see him.

 ‘The Lord will come with great might and all flesh shall see him.’   The motif of the Advent liturgy is the coming glory and shining light of God.  And surely we see something of this divine glory already shining...

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Three fallacious arguments about climate change

Climate sceptics invariably produce one or more of three arguments, all of which are fallacious. 1.  Argument. The Scientists are divided. Answer.  No, if ever they were they are not divided now in any significant sense.  In 2003 Naomi Orestes...

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