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Imagination and truth

I have a 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, psi and virtues.

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On Philip Pullman and Owen Barfield

A conversation about Philip Pullman’s brilliant His Dark Materials story in the light of Owen Barfield’s genius account of the evolution of consciousness. I talk with Wesley Schantz, who hosts the Bookwarm Games podcast, about the significance of daemons, dust

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The church and God as father

A talk given this morning on Weekend, BBC World Service. Do have a listen, or read. The Christian image of God as a male heavenly father runs deep. It dominates the way the church relates to God, which is why

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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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