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Archive for the ‘PHILOSOPHY’ Category

QUANTUM REALITY

November 4, 2019

A good TV programme recently about Quantum Physics. It seems that at the sub-atomic level there is a THING (which must have some special name) that is itself made up of a lot of MINI-THINGS. Every of these is capable of developing into a THING and they can communicate with each other. Some accident (nature […]

INHIBITIONS AND ALCOHOL

January 1, 2016

I was distressed to hear a report on the television news that some authority is recommending even further reductions in the amount of alcohol thought safe to drink. Too few voices are raised to explain the creative benefits. We all have inhibitions, and not all of them are a force for good. One dangerous inhibition […]

VALUE OF RELIGION

December 27, 2015

It can’t be denied that Christianity as identified with the Church of England is in decline. It worries me to be part of an organisation that fails to adapt when there are so many arguments in its favour. My starting point is that you can’t ever KNOW what lies beyond this life in any scientific […]

EUROPE UNITED AND DOOMED

December 2, 2014

News and views about the EU are confusing. How will it all play out? One of my imagined scenarios is that Britain will leave the EU and will be seen by the EU as a threat to all that it stands for. The American Civil War will be replayed in Europe but with economic and […]

WE CAN’T PAY THE RENT

October 21, 2014

Welcoming mail at my new home included the parish magazine. (Church of England). It offered the above headline, referring to the problem of many parishes, including my old one. The institution can’t attract sufficient adherents to get the money it needs to meet its commitments  – in this case the ‘parish share’ required by the […]

THE INTELLECTUAL PRISON

May 26, 2014

  Encountering some health problems, and speculating about the future for myself and my wife, I find myself reading the New testament in the evenings. It is all rather casual, and last night the book fell open at the Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew is very strong on miracles and I read the story of the […]

EASTER

April 21, 2014

Today is Easter Sunday and I watched an impressive church service from Leicester Cathedral. I saw a large number of people to whom the Easter message – the resurrection – was real and inspiring.  Many of those people must be highly intelligent and sincere in their belief.  Where does that leave me? I was brought […]

CHURCH-GOING? WHY?

February 5, 2014

It annoys me that I keep on going to a religious institution where people talk with conviction about things I see as uncertain. I support the faith and the institution but can’t say YES to everything. Do others disbelieve, but maintain a pretence? Am I just too pig-headed to abandon the faith of my fathers? […]

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY VERSUS THE THREE KINGS

December 31, 2013

The weather is asserting its power these last days of December 2013 – in England at least. We have had several days of high winds and heavy rain, interspersed with a few days of brilliant sun. It covers the Christmas period, when Christians are meant to assert their belief in an intelligent and all-powerful God who […]

SCIENCE, SORCERY AND RELIGION

December 26, 2013

I am interested in “the unknown” and like to speculate on the  ways that knowledge is handled by Science and Sorcery and Religion Their devotees have different views about what constitutes knowledge and where it comes from and what you should do with it. I am going to present this as a story, inventing as […]