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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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Belief in angels

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing belief in angels. Recent studies suggest that a third of people in the UK believe in guardian angels, and nearly three quarters of Americans believe

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Politics is driven by feelings

This piece was written for The Idler. Theresa May has survived the after-blasts of her radioactive campaign like a political cockroach. Jeremy Corbyn has apparently brought back socialism from the dead like a red phoenix. We’re told that everything has

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Why modern Stoicism misses the point

A piece written for The Idler. The wonderful British Library is celebrating its Greek manuscripts collection. Its copy of The Handbook (or Enchiridion) of Epictetus is a showcase piece. And I hope the online resource encourages people to read this

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Original participation

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing the notion of original participation. How do you experience the cosmos? Did people in the past experience such participation differently? Do mystics enjoy a type

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The road less certain

I had a tremendous time at Nomad Live. A great sense of honesty, passion and openness. The conversation is online at the Nomad Podcast. The brilliant mind map of the exchange was drawn by one kind listener.

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Barfield, incarnation and the evolution of consciousness

This piece was published in the Church Times a month ago, and so can now peak from behind the paywall. It is also the last piece of mine edited by Rachel Boulding. She much improved many of my efforts. Jesus

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Who was Jesus?

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing who Jesus was. Jesus saves, it is often said. But what does that mean? Is it an objectionable notion, implying a bloodthirsty God? We explore

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The personality of rivers

The Whanganui river in New Zealand now has the same rights as a person. It’s considered to be an ancestor by the Whanganui iwi people. Theirs is the old view. Ancient cultures tended not to imagine their rivers as geographical

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