Category: Talks

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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The Sound of Silence

We’ve published the latest discussion between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. They’re available as podcasts or on iTunes. We discuss the transformative potential of silence, a practise integral to religious and wisdom traditions. So why is silence so important? What is

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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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Buddhism, mindfulness, therapy, politics

A podcast of our BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking programme, broadcast last Wednesday. Rana Mitter discusses Buddhism in Western therapy and in Eastern politics with psychotherapist Mark Vernon, Rupert Gethin – Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology

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What happens when we die

We’ve published the latest two discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. They’re available as podcasts or on iTunes. In the first, we discuss our postmortem experience by thinking about what we know of being alive. Might dreams tell us something

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The School of Athens: then and now

Here is Dirk Lindner’s lovely pic of the School of London, take on 20 November on the steps of St Paul’s. The philosophers:  ARISTOTLE: John Lloyd John is the founder of QI and produced the great TV hits Blackadder, Not

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Anatheism and common prayer

We’ve published the latest two discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. They’re available as podcasts or on iTunes. The first is on an anatheism, the notion that atheism is a phase that many people go through, as is widely recognised

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New Science and Religion talks, Institute of Art and Ideas

How did consciousness arise? Is the universe rational? Is there a meaning to life? Once these questions were the domain of the sacred, but in the modern world, science offers very different answers to religion. In this course, Dr Mark

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BBC Beyond Belief – agnosticism

Agnosticism was the subject for this week’s Beyond Belief, on BBC Radio 4. I was trying to make the case for an agnostic spirit that is not just an option for some but actually part and parcel of the human

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God-shaped hole, discussion at Things Unseen

Is there a God-shaped hole at the heart of our post-Christian world? Does it matter? Is it all potential gain, with freedom of expression and liberation from oppression at last possible? Or are there unforeseen losses, too? Has the decline

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