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William Blake’s therapy for the soul

This article was written for The Idler. The new William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain is tremendous. It features three hundred of his works, any of which on their own would command a room. Together they present an extraordinary energy.

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BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief on God

I was a panelist for the latest edition of the long-standing BBC Radio 4 religious discussion programme, Beyond Belief. We discussed the nature of God. “God is a presence that runs in and through all things that’s quite quiet and

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Talk at Watkins Books online

What is the meaning of the disenchantment of our age? Is the ego a clue to a way forward, not a hindrance? What might the next steps in the evolution of human consciousness look like? These questions, and more, were

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A Secret History of Christianity out today!

A Secret History of Christianity seems to have had a good first day in the world. I hope it opens up the genius insights of Owen Barfield for readers. I’ve also written an article published in The Tablet outlining his

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Big histories and the new need for meaning

In this new episode of The Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and I discuss Big Histories – the books that present long range narratives of cosmic and human evolution. They are big sellers. Noah Yuval Harari, David Christian and Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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“Beautifully written and artfully constructed”

Nicholas Colloff reviews A Secret History of Christianity at Golgonooza. “Mark Vernon, in this beautifully written and artfully constructed book, uses Barfield’s key insights and amplifying historical and literary scholarship, to trace the development of Christianity’s two founding traditions –

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From postmodernity to final participation: talking Owen Barfield

Michael Leighty asks me, Mark Vernon, a range of questions from Barfield’s attitudes towards postmodernism to his understanding of the power of story. We explore how language is an embodied activity and what Barfield meant by final participation. We ask

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The faith of the Inklings, with Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite and I join Justin Brierley on Justin’s Unbelievable radio show to talk about how the Inklings, the group of Oxford intellectuals including CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Owen Barfield, made sense of Christian faith. Mark Vernon shares how

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Human evolution and soul

“Without soul, there would be no tools,” I write at the Perspectiva blog. “The human niche is one marked by an openness to the transcendent.” Narrative accounts of human evolution are big right now. You may well have read Noah

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Was Pascal right about belief?

This piece was published at Christian Today. Pascal’s Wager has become a notorious reason to believe in God. The French mathematician and philosopher proposed that it’s rational to believe in God because if you’re wrong it won’t make any difference,

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