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Archive for October 2012

RELIGION UNDER ATTACK IN 14th CENTURY

October 24, 2012

I have just read the interview with Russell Blackford published on Rational Hub. (Most of it, anyway.)  Questions of Morality and Religion and the secular approach of Atheism are relevant today, when stories of misdoing in high places dominate the news. I liked this paragraph from Russell Blackford. ” Basically, my view is that moral […]

A GOLDEN JOURNEY TO WITCHCRAFT

October 24, 2012

I am forever trying to find some sort of proof that witchcraft works. Why? because the heroine of my books uses it and I want to empower her. But my endeavour may be doomed. Very many people – philosophers – priests – alchemists – scientists etc. have ben trying for centuries without success. There is […]

ATHEISM

October 18, 2012

Atheists sometimes attack the God concept quite aggressively. I wonder why.  Is it perceived as abdication of man’s right to think and explore? is it perceived as hindering intellectual progress? Surely if you deny all possibility that God might exist then you reduce the avenues of enquiry. You are poorer, not richer. Since nothing is proveable […]

MOTIVATION

October 15, 2012

Paper today reports retired  Armed Forces Chiefs lobbying MOD.  This soon after the revelation of Savile behaviour which was  ignored for X years because of our celebrity culture. It seems as if Wealth, Power, Celebrity and Economic Well-being are today’s Gods. It’s reasonable for people to seek power in order to make a beneficial change. It’s […]

RELIGIOUS SPLITS

October 14, 2012

At a meeting last night one member suggested that the Church of England was now certain to split. It was no longer possible to paper over the cracks. It seems to me that cohesion between groups with significant differences are easily ignored if there is a common enemy. For instance, WW2 saw an alliance between […]

RELIGION AND PURPOSE

October 4, 2012

I have seen many tweets pro- and ant-religion. Some folk are quite virulent. While nothing can me proved, I find it interesting that so many different societies have developed a religion and that there are significant common features. It would seem that religion answers some basic human need.

WHY THE FOUL-UP?

October 4, 2012

UK news yesterday reported incompetent error by govt (civil service) in awarding a rail contract. Got their sums wrong! We have drifted into a culture where poor standards are overlooked and we have no robust supervision. Same day, TV repeat of Sherlock Holmes story in which Watson bungles and asks Holmes “Did I really do […]