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What happened to Paul on the road to Damascus?

I’m off on Friday helping lead a pilgrimage through Greece in the footsteps of St Paul. Andrew Nunn and myself will be blogging here. Here’s a second pre-departure post from me… It’s become one of the most famous moments in

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What would it be like to meet St Paul?

I’m off on Friday helping lead a pilgrimage through Greece in the footsteps of St Paul. Andrew Nunn and myself will be blogging here. Here’s a pre-departure post from me… What would it have been like to meet Paul as

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Silence: A User's Guide

This review of Silence: A User’s Guide by Maggie Ross is in the current issue of Third Way Magazine. Silence is the crucial element in Christian life, argues the solitary and author Maggie Ross in this punchy, timely book. It

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Skeptiko interview on Christianity, Atheism and Rupert Sheldrake

It was a more robust discussion than I anticipated, though maybe what feels like discomforting aggression in England is but a bracing exchange in California. But here’s my conversation with the host of the useful Skeptiko podcast, Alex Tsakiris.

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Platonic Errors

My annoyance at public intellectuals misunderstanding Plato overcame me and I isolated three common errors for The Idler Magazine, as below. 1. Plato invented secular philosophy. The first story being told is of a crucial shift in human thought that

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The spiritual virtue of laziness

A Sunday Sermon from The Idler Academy… Idleness is a central virtue in the spiritual life. It’s an oft forgotten insight in an age when mindfulness apps set targets for sitting still, and church-going is an obstacle course of activity,

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Beauty is Truth. Truth Beauty. Yes, But Beware

The British Museum’s new Beauty exhibition is fantastic but I wish they’d made more of Socrates’s moobs. A piece from The Idler. The new show at the British Museum, Defining Beauty: the body in ancient Greek art, is tremendous. To

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Seeking an Easter Experience

Or, how to know Easter in the heart as well as head. A podcast – available on iTunes or here as a feed – in which I try to talk about how the liturgical drama of the Easter services, from

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Unbelievable – why we believe and why we don't

I’ve this review of Graham Ward’s Unbelievable: Why We Believe And Why We Don’t in the March issue of Third Way magazine. The Peterhouse Ghost made an appearance in 1997. The fellows of the oldest Cambridge college were at High

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