May 4, 2020
Detail from Augustine, by Antonio Rodriguez, 17th century

Coronavirus and moral responsibility

How we wish the world was different! But how much of our wishing comes from self-centredness? I recently posted on the limits to human knowledge. This […]
May 1, 2020

Authority and Power on Good Shepherd Sunday

Victorian imagery has contributed significantly, in my opinion, to the sentimentalisation of Christ as the Good Shepherd. I have been looking for images of the bad […]
April 29, 2020
Digger creating a galaxy

Couldn’t God have created a world without the coronavirus?

If God created the world, why create it so perversely as to put the coronavirus in it? Couldn’t it have been left out? Questions like this […]
April 21, 2020

Extinction Catastrophe and the Covid-19 Pandemic

In January this year I started to muse about how the Extinction Catastrophe we are facing is connected to global warming and the extinction of species […]
April 10, 2020

Coronavirus and God

At times like this many people’s faith is tested. Suffering is, and always has been, the toughest challenge to believers. If God is in control, why […]
April 7, 2020

Dean’s Diary: Light and Dark in Holy Week

I am half expecting a Royal Visit.  One of the peculiarities in being the Dean of Christ Church Oxford is having to reside in the Deanery, […]
April 4, 2020

God is to be found in the virus

Covid-19 has upended ‘normality’ and we are in shock. We have been reminded of the fleeting nature of our lives, the frailty of our institutions and […]
April 3, 2020

Silent Enemy: a view from Colombo, Sri Lanka 

I watch every single day during my self-imposed quarantine period a herd of ‘great white pelicans’ (migrating birds) settling on a Banyan tree (ficus Benghalensis) about […]
March 31, 2020

Charisma & coercion: Manipulation & power abuse in the Church

THIS WAS the title of the Modern Church South West group day conference in Bath last month, led by Stephen Parsons, author of survivingchurch.org. The seeds for this day […]