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The value of virtues

I’ve begun a new series of talks on inner life and seeing with the eye of the soul called How To See Spiritually. Previous talks have looked at why spirituality is important, soul, wonder, interiority, scepticism, parables, ego and psi.

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What is hell?

Some preachers threaten hellfire, whilst others quench the flames with divine love. In our latest Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogue, following a suggestion of a regular listener, Rupert Sheldrake and I ask what sense can, today, be made of hell. Is it primarily

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A discussion of The Book by Alan Watts

The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are is arguably Alan Watts’s most brilliantly written book and one of his most challenging. The TV producer and writer, John Lloyd, called it “The best book I’ve ever read on

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Why we need Halloween

This article is published at Christian Today. Local churches are being encouraged to hold ‘light parties’ this Halloween. The idea is to celebrate ‘what’s life-giving and positive’, instead of what’s dark and possibly evil, according the Church of England’s promotional

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Uniting science and religion

I’ve a piece published in the Church Times on the relationship between science and religion. The one line summary: “Mystical experience is a human birthright.”. Here’s the start… IF YOU follow the debate on the relationship between science and religion,

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Psi phenomena

I’ve begun a new series of talks on inner life and seeing with the eye of the soul called How To See Spiritually. Previous talks have looked at why spirituality is important, soul, wonder, interiority, scepticism, parables and ego. Now

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The say of the land

Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul. Delighted that my essay on the origins of language has been published at Aeon. “Rather, language is one of those phenomena

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Philosophy as Awakening: Stoics, Epicureans and others

Ancient philosophy is radically unlike modern philosophy, in ways that are fascinating and potentially life-changing. It’s clear that pre-socratics such as Pythagoras were more like monks than professors, and Socrates set an agenda that Plato embraced as a remaking of

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New online guide to the imagination

My new online course with The Idler is The Idler Guide to the Imagination. It’s available at half price until Monday 3rd September. It’s a practical and passionate plea for an imaginative approach to life. – It shows how imagination

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Understanding the ego

I’ve begun a new series of talks on inner life and seeing with the eye of the soul called How To See Spiritually. Previous talks have looked at why spirituality is important, soul, wonder, interiority, scepticism and parables. Now I

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