God and your mind

How can you trust your mind? You make mistakes. You dream. How do you know when you are getting it right? If you ever do? This is a brief history of the rise and fall of the human mind, arguing that the best account depends on creation by God.

As far back as history takes us, societies accepted that they did not understand how the world works. It was too complicated. They believed it was being run by gods who knew more than they did.

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Cancelling debts is a Christian principle

Will Greece default on its debts?

Will it leave the Eurozone?

Will it leave the European Union?

Will it matter? To whom?

From most British and European newspapers you might have got the impression that if Greece defaults on its debts the world will return to the chaos that reigned before it cooled down enough to sustain life. The loans must be repaid! Or else… anything could happen!

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What hope for the Church in Wales?

When meetings do not address the problem of alienation there is something wrong with the organisation they exist to serve. I attended one such meeting last week. It was a deanery conference.

Its purpose, it seems, was to ‘up sell’ the idea of ministry areas but like all strategic decisions reached in the wrong way, those selling it failed to enthuse their audience. In fact many of those present went away feeling angry, betrayed and disillusioned. Most of them were over 50 and at a rough estimate, probably around 65% of them were women. The meeting was orchestrated and driven by four men, all of whom needed basic coaching in communication skills and, for one or two of them, time spent in the managerial equivalent of charm school. 

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God's genitalia

A controversial article in the Daily Telegraph tells us that churches are increasingly referring to God as ‘she’ rather than ‘he’.

Does it matter? If so, why?

The article responds to the latest of the Westminster Faith Debates, last Wednesday’s impressive discussion of the likely impact of women bishops .Be warned: the Telegraph article is a classic example of a sensational headline being squeezed out of minimal information.

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Aspiration and absurdity

Existentialist angst: life is absurd.

We fill our days doing things we consider necessary or important, but when we stop and think about it, nothing matters. According to Sartre, we choose our own values but our choice is itself groundless, unjustified. According to Camus there is only one serious philosophical problem, namely suicide: whether life is worth living. We long for life to have a meaning, but there is none. Once we accept that we are just accidental products of godless atoms obeying laws of nature then nothing has any importance at all. Our aspirations are our own inventions, absurdly imposed on ourselves without any justifying reasons.

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