Resurrection rises again

Resurrection is just not believable to many folk, I was thinking again last night during our How To Face Death class. As is usual, only one or two considered the traditional Christian view at all plausible. And I’ve sympathy with the view. ‘Worm meat’ is the most commonly believed state, post-mortem. But what interests me… Continue reading Resurrection rises again

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Faith in a fix-it culture

One of the insights of psychotherapy is that the desire to help someone, say by identifying a ‘fix’, is often ineffectual or unhelpful or possibly destructive. This might be for a number of reasons. The law of unintended consequences. Never really knowing as much as you think you know. The ‘hammer fallacy’ (when you’ve a… Continue reading Faith in a fix-it culture

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The one about the coffee…

Slavoj Zizek has been giving some new lectures at Birkbeck, London – including telling some new jokes (or at least, new to me.) One features a man in a coffee shop who asks the waiter for a coffee without milk. We don’t have any milk today, the waiter replies, but we do have cream. Would… Continue reading The one about the coffee…

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Copernican shifts and First Orbit

When Galileo first gazed onto the surface of the moon through a telescope, he achieved a shift in humankind’s sense of itself. Ours was not the only world in the cosmos. The moon was earthlike too, with mountains and valleys. In ‘The Sidereal Messenger’, he commended his readers to the ‘great and marvelous sights’. It’s… Continue reading Copernican shifts and First Orbit

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I started the day unhappy

Every time I hear someone say we elect governments to maximise our wellbeing – as I heard this morning with the Action for Happiness launch being discussed – I shudder. Er, no. The kind of culture where wellbeing is dispensed from Whitehall is the totalitarian one. (Ironic that this should come just as Martin Seligman… Continue reading I started the day unhappy

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James Frey's Jesus

James Frey’s new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, is designed to instigate a blasphemy row: it tells you so on the cover. But those who are inclined to boil about unconventional portrayals of Jesus should still their racing hearts. To be frank, the story is too ludicrous to be offensive. I’m on… Continue reading James Frey's Jesus

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The end of the science of happiness?

Well not quite. But I see the inventor of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, has a book coming out next month saying that it’s not about happiness after all, but flourishing. He’s apparently been stung by the accusations that he’s peddling ‘happyology’. The American blurb promises ‘his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is.’ Excuse… Continue reading The end of the science of happiness?

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