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Sigmund Freud uncovered

I’ve a new online course at The Idler Academy, an introduction to psychotherapy. The first part, on Sigmund Freud, is released today. And here are a few thoughts… Freud is, today, widely misunderstood. Maybe that’s the inevitable fate of an

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Rediscovering Plato’s Vision

This piece was published by Philosophy Now. It’s a frustrating time to be a fan of Plato. Public intellectuals routinely misrepresent him, and it’s hard to find courses that can unveil the richness of insight and meaning which the best

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How to be a Vedantic Christian

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing syncretism – what it is to drawn on, say, the Buddha and Christ, or the teachings of the Gita and those of a Sufi adept

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Jesus and the apocalypse

It’s Christmas time. It’s the winter solstice. It’s our appropriation of the Saturnalia. Yes, yes. And it’s the official birthday, in the west, of Jesus. So it’s timely to revisit an old question: who did the baby turn out to

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Review: Can you see God and live?

I’ve reviewed the excellent new novel by Neil Griffiths, As A God Might Be, for Theos. What transpires when the London life of an educated couple, who feed their young twins berries and mascarpone for tea, is disrupted by God?

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The science of spiritual practices

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing the science that can help understand spiritual practices. We live in a time when many people are engaging in spiritual practices without belonging to particular

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From shame to sin

This is a slightly extended review of what I think is an important and fascinating book, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity by Kyle Harper, first published in the Church Times. One of

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Zhuangzi – prophet of the Axial Age

How can the Daoist, Zhuangzi, be understood in relation to what is known by historians of ideas as the Axial Age – or, as I think it is more accurately put, the Axial shifts that can be observed as part

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The Sufi imagination

I was recently part of a group reading the Sufi mystic, Ibn ‘Arabi. I got particularly interested in the role of the imagination in his perception of the Way, the imagination being the place where physical reality meets spiritual reality.

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Stoicism and meditation

Two new articles that may be of interest: Stoics and Christians: a common intuition – published in the Church Times. “Ancient and modern Stoics alike say that, if you do take notice of such feelings, you are less likely to

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