Category: Podcasts

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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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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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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Lord Williams of Oystermouth: ‘Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language.’

I can recommend Rowan Williams’ Gifford lectures of the last couple of weeks. Chewy but rewarding! His main point seems quite straightforward, for all the subtle and complex ways he develops it. He is pointing out that if you reflect

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Lord Williams of Oystermouth: ‘Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language.'

I can recommend Rowan Williams’ Gifford lectures of the last couple of weeks. Chewy but rewarding! His main point seems quite straightforward, for all the subtle and complex ways he develops it. He is pointing out that if you reflect

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Love All That Matters – an introduction

I’ve recorded a podcast introduction to my new book, Love All That Matters, which is out next week. Do have a listen! (Click on play button below or download via iTunes.)

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The Most Despised Science Book of 2012 is … worth reading

This piece has just gone up at the Guardian’s Comment is free… Every year, I “give” an award to the Most Despised Science Book of the Year. The 2010 award went to Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini for What Darwin

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How to follow your heart?

I preached a sermon for the first time in a long time last week, and it felt like a sermon not a talk. It was at St Edward’s, Cambridge, the broad question being how to follow your heart? I see

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