Category: Talks

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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Civilisation in peril – three online recommendations

1. Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, talked to Jules Evans, producing a really very remarkable interview. Our spiritual culture at the moment is so impoverished and primitive. People find it extraordinarily difficult to be serious about angels or discarnate

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The Spiritual Senses

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. We discuss the idea that alongside five empirical senses, we have a range of spiritual senses that respond to pattern,

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God and mindfulness

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. We discuss the mindfulness phenomenon, which although partly a therapeutic movement seems akin to a spiritual revival as well. So

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Transparent minds?

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. Are our minds transparent to others minds, as most cultures for most of human history seemed to have assumed, or

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What is Spirituality?

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. Spirituality is a word that whilst many people feel uncomfortable with, is one that nonetheless seems hard to put down.

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What happened to the soul?

Iain McGilchrist talked to this theme at the RSA on Monday. Very much worth listening too! Some Twitter highlights I made, if you want a quick digest: Soul has a meaning because of instances in language when mind or heart

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The Hidden God of Atheism

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. Atheism is often taken as the default position with theism requiring additional beliefs or proof. So we talk about whether

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What does Christianity get right?

We’ve published the latest in the discussions between myself and Rupert Sheldrake. It’s available as a podcast or on iTunes. Our starting point this time is that militant atheism is falling out of favour, and a new atheism seems to

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