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Recent writing and occasional thoughts on assorted matters.

  • Introducing Owen Barfield Jul 19, 2019- The words of the last Inkling himself open this discussion I had on Barfield's thought with the editor of the Barfield Literary Estate website, Rory O'Connor. It was a pleasure to talk about thinking and imagining, rainbows and spirit, climate change and the future. For our conversation, click here.
  • The front line of parapsychology Jul 7, 2019- youtubeembedcode esadd-link-Exchangeyoutubeembedcode.com/pl/check this out In this new episode of The Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and I discuss how psi experiences can best be understood. The evidence for these phenomena is dismissed by sceptics with increasingly dogmatic assertions. But that's no surprise because the data in support of phenomena from telepathy to pre-sentience is now openly discussed in leading science journals.…
  • Romanticism and the meaning crisis Jun 24, 2019- The Toronto psychologist, John Vervaeke, has reached romanticism in his series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. He is moving into the area that Owen Barfield considered core. In this discussion, that ranges across the ideas of Kant, Romanticism, psychotherapy and Christianity, I sketch how Barfield's notion of final participation offers a sense of the way forward.
  • Testing Christianity and the Evolution of Consciousness Jun 20, 2019- A couple more podcast talks have been published. Skeptiko with Alex Tsakiris - a penetrating exchange considering not only the place of Christianity in the evolution of consciousness but the significance of everything from NDEs to UFO experiencers today, and how Owen Barfield's ideas help illuminate them. Challenging Opinions with William Campwell - another feisty conversation that teases out the…
  • Living in an Age of Spiritual Crisis Jun 13, 2019- Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our series of conversations, this time on Living in an Age of Spiritual Crisis. The depth of the environmental crisis is becoming clearer. Social crises are around us, too. But do these realities stem from a deeper spiritual crisis? We discuss whether we’ve become uncoupled from the foundations of life, which…
  • Fossils of consciousness Jun 10, 2019- I very much enjoyed this conversation with Paul VanderKlay, talking about Owen Barfield, CS Lewis, Christianity then and now...
  • How modern myths are subversive Jun 4, 2019- This article was published in the Church Times. Here's an excerpt. In short, modern myths celebrate what is proscribed in a secular age. The secret of their success is appealing to an inner awareness of energies that are not material. Further, the stories suggest that we can learn to relate to this dynamism, and not simply try to control it.…
  • Celtic Christianity and nature May 11, 2019- Anxiety about the natural world is high and with good reason. Surprisingly, perhaps, the earliest days of Christianity in the British Isles have something vital to teach us. In this new episode of The Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and I take a lead from a wonderful new book, The Naked Hermit: A Journey Into the Heart of Celtic Britain, by…
  • What Tolkien learnt from Owen Barfield May 3, 2019- The biopic, Tolkien, opens this weekend. It doesn't look like it gets to what I think was a key inspiration for the great author, namely the thought of his fellow Inkling, Owen Barfield. I'd wager that The Lord of the Rings would never have been all that it is without Barfield's genius. More on films on Owen Barfield here...
  • What I believe Apr 30, 2019- This interview with Dan Koch at You Have Permission turned into something close to a What I Believe-type discussion.

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