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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for the ‘SCIENCE AND RELIGION’ Category


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 […]


October 3, 2019

I sit here in the comfort and safety of this “Luxury Retirement Village” and the television informs me hourly of the appalling things that are happening elsewhere. And not just in remote corners of the world! Winchester prison was featured tonight (not fifty miles away) with details of the criminals locked up there for serious […]


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 […]


December 10, 2014

A few days ago I went to the small country church where my father was churchwarden in the 1970’s. It was depressing: there were about ten old people (my age) taking part in an activity which they had known all their lives but was now bereft of supporters. My next thought was that some Christian […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


March 19, 2014

The Daily Telegraph of Monday 17th March has two interesting pieces about religion. One reports statements made by the author Philip Pullman whose main argument is that extremist religious views provoke evil behaviour. That is 100% true. But some of the reported comments are more questionable. In describing one excess he is reported as saying, […]


March 7, 2014

The dominant feature in my posts is probably my interest in the supernatural. Interesting things in current affairs creep in often enough, but religion and the supernatural have pride of place. I include the Christian religion as part of the supernatural because that’s where it belongs. Sometimes people see it as completely different, but that […]


February 27, 2014

The Daily Telegraph has a report about reduced grants for people training to become teachers of Religious Education. It also has a very good leading article about the subject. The article points out that all religions promote a concept of right behaviour and that the influence of this concept extends far beyond the religious professionals […]