Lent: a theological blog 10 iii 19

Lent.  How amazing that instead of falling down before some god and offering him a few best bulls you can pity his wounds.   What a turnaround in the history of religion.   How Christ’s wounds open your heart as no...

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Nature’s hidden heart

I am thinking today about the music of Sibelius.  There is no music that captures our experiences of nature more profoundly than that of Sibelius.  Although when I say that, most of us are so smothered by rolling verdant...

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Our childrens’ fate is in the hands of these people

Dear Jake thank you for your reply to my letter which has left me feeling desperate, gibbering alternately between rage and grief.  Yes, the list of actions that the government is taking on climate, pathetic as they are, is...

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A theological blog 28 -ii -19. Milankovich cycles

Milankovich Cycles. Milutin Milanovich was an engineer employed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early twentieth century.  A Serb, he was interned in Budapest during the First World War and spent much of his time in the library of the...

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What Should We Do With Shamima Begum?

What Should We Do With Shamima?   The Home Secretary’s reaction to the problem posed by Shamima Begum’s desire to come home is surely right.  The safety of the public must come first.  This is a woman who is unrepentant about...

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A theological blog 12 ii 19. Bacon and value-free science

In Catholic theology God is within the universe and matter is alive because it is deeply animated by the divine presence.  But the trial of Galileo killed Catholic science, with the consequence the science moved north and became a...

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A theological blog 6-ii-19. The Protestantization of Science

The Protestantization of Science The trial of Galileo killed Catholic science.  Catholic scientists now became terrified of being burnt alive by the Inquisition which had already burnt Giordano Bruno and would undoubtedly have incinerated Galileo had he not been the...

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A theological blog 31 I 19. Galileo’s thought world

It is of great importance to distinguish between the Catholic and Protestant concepts of God. For a Protestant like Payley, God is outside the universe and manufactured the things in it as a watchmaker might make a watch. For Catholics...

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A theological blog Number 2 (i). The assumptions we make

A theological blog.  Number 2  Galileo and Plato (i) The assumptions we make. Philosophers try to make sense of the world using logic and reason but they often conduct their enquiries within matrices of assumption that are anything but logical...

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Dear Jake

If your MP is a Conservative send this letter or something like it to him or her with suitable adjustments.  A bland and complacent reply from Jake of course. Dear Jake,   As you will know, the IPCC has recently issued an...

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