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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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Christianity and psychotherapy

My contribution to the blogs at think tank, Theos, looking at mental health. Jesus was a master of the inner life. He taught in parables so as to initiate transformations of perspective (Mark 4:11; Matthew 13:13). He reformed the notion

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Gene-editing technology

This piece was written for The Idler. There’s a new vision of the apocalypse, a calamity that could undo us all. It’s not about bombs. It is about terrorists. It could run out of control before climate change. Its source

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Speaking of the devil

This piece was written for The Idler. Exorcisms are “booming”, apparently . The reputable think tank, Theos, has examined the intersection between Christianity and mental health. It reports that attempts to cast out demons in churches have reached “astonishing” levels.

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