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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Posts Tagged ‘religion


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, […]


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 […]


September 18, 2013

I finished my last post arguing that we can never know what is ‘out there’ so the best response is to have another beer and forget it. That is still my attitude so far as finding answers is concerned, but speculating is fun so I go on doing it. Last Sunday I watched a religious […]


July 24, 2013

Today brings a leaflet from the local vicar – nicely presented in bright colours – well done! He sees a few forces hindering his work. ONE – “Growth in atheism and the strident denial of the existence of God”. TWO – “A gathering storm of pluralism, influenced by eastern philosophies”. THREE – “A visual age […]


July 7, 2013

My blogging, reading and, writing are moving towards the mystic and the supernatural.  That’s odd for a person whose life span falls in a time when science is king, religion has been ‘disproved’ and no reality is recognised except that what we can sense for ourselves, or with the instruments  science has provided (like the telescope). Yet exclusive reliance on […]


June 21, 2013

I did two posts recently called After Gay Marriage and More About What’s Out There. Both left loose ends. The GM thing started by seeking for the sociological purpose of religion and postulating that it was originally an attempt to make the tribe do the things that were good for it by establishing rules and […]


June 9, 2013

I  posted recently about religion and the gay marriage thing. My starting point was that the sociological purpose of religion is to make the tribe do the things that are good for it. That is to say, the wise men of the tribe figure out a policy and endue it with divine authority so that […]


April 18, 2013

I found a post recently about religion in schools. I think it was for or against a particular religion. My belief is that everybody should be made aware of the significance of religion as a general concept – both at home and at school. Children quickly become aware that electricity is dangerous and that crossing the […]