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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for November 2012

WHAT IS AN ATHEIST?

November 25, 2012

Like many other words, ‘Atheist’ can have several¬†interpretations. Some I can understand and sympathise with, while not agreeing to. But not all. Is an Atheist just someone who does not believe in the Christian God? Religion is unprovable, and there is plenty of evidence that the Bible was written by man, and people calling themselves […]

THE SECULAR STATE

November 23, 2012

I am working steadily at my commentary on Piers Plowman, a poem from the 14th Century. It was written in a religious age, and Will Langland thought the society around him was in rather a mess. He attributed this to sin, and his character Reason had this to say about pestilence and a recent storm. […]

WOMEN BISHOPS

November 21, 2012

I was surprised by my own reaction to the news, because if I had been a member of Synod I would have voted FOR since it is bound to happen sometime. So why did I feel RELIEF? My reaction may be connected with a dislike of being rail-roaded by fashion. It felt as if the […]

WHAT CONSTITUTES PROOF?

November 20, 2012

I am still searching for ideas about the reality of witchcraft so that I can further empower the heroine of my books. I am beginning to wonder whether ‘proof’ in the sense I was educated to accept is a meaningless concept. Am I looking for something that only has relevance within a limited mental framework? […]

INTERNET FAILURE

November 14, 2012

It seems extraordinary that an industry dedicated to speed can be so slow when things go wrong. When it went down I knew little of the workings. I know now, but THEY must have known already. Three possibilities – failure in my house – failure on phone line – failure in exchange. For my house […]

WITCHCRAFT CONNECTION

November 14, 2012

In a previous post I explained my search for some clear link between witchcraft and a physical outcome – a link that did not depend on psychological manipulation. The search interests me because I want to further empower my fictional heroine without straying too far into fantasy. I have made no progress. What I have […]