July 30, 2020

The Search: An Exploration of the Spiritual Experience and the Origins of Belief

  I recently watched The Search – Manufacturing Belief, a documentary film in which filmmaker Patrick Payne explores religious experience from a neurological and sociological point […]
July 27, 2020
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Black lives have always mattered

In the early 1990s, as a student in Berkeley, California, I found myself travelling in a car, north of the city, with two fellow-students (both of […]
July 24, 2020
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Sectarian church or churchy sect?

As the Church of England comes out of lockdown, there is bound to be much re-examination of its mission – and of the principles behind it. […]
July 21, 2020
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HS2: does faster travel count as progress?

Earlier this month the UK Court of Appeal agreed to hear Chris Packham’s legal case against the planned HS2 railway. As one would expect from him, […]
July 8, 2020
Stained glass window in Ockham Church, Surrey, depicting William of Ockham

Freedom from lockdown: why do we love it so much?

Lockdown restricts our freedom. We like freedom, and want it back. But what for? The governments most strongly committed to economic ‘liberalism’, like the USA and […]
July 8, 2020
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Revd Canon Dr Emma Percy: Safeguarding, Vulnerable Adults or Adults at Risk?  What’s in a Word?

A friend and colleague of mine – a Fellow and College Chaplain –  has just been completing the latest safeguarding training for the Church of England. […]
June 25, 2020
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Why science can’t disprove astrology

I’ve just been corresponding with someone who believes in astrology. This post asks about its scientific credentials. In an earlier post I described an experience back […]
June 17, 2020
The statue of Edward Colston before it was pulled down

Philanthropy and its statues

Should we pull down statues of slave traders? Statues to individuals are erected to honour them. They express the values of the people who put them […]
June 6, 2020
Black man. Photo by Maatla Seetelo on Unsplash

Racism and equality in the Bible

Racism is more than murder… and George Floyd is more than a hashtag. So writes Chris Kimbangi, adding that many black, Asian and minority ethnic people […]