I got a leaflet through my door

Yes a convicted criminal  did sway the balance in the vote for Cooper's bill and that is an  irony that deserves the pen of a great tragedian.  But let's not forget that the whole Leave campaign in 2016 was...

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Miracles Theo blog 25 iii 19

Did the miracles in the New Testament really happen? Most of  them probably not, but that doesn’t mean they have nothing significant to tell us.  I once knew a man who had been at Cambridge when Wittgenstein was...

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Deluded by our own myths

Fascinated by a TV film last night about Seretse Khama and his wife Ruth Williams. The bland mendacity and patronizing hypocrisy of the colonialists was well and subtly caught.  I don’t think I’ve been shocked by anything so much as...

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The nothing before everything

A theological blog 24 iii 19. Spellbound in my prayer this Lent by the absolute nothing of which so many mystics talk. Also reading Eliot's Ash Wednesday as I have done every Lent for years. But now as if...

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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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