August 3, 2020
man wearing Donald Trump mask standing in front of White House

God, Grace and Donald Trump

A single spider, one of the long-legged variety, is hanging by a thread in an undusted corner of where I am working right now. It seems […]
July 31, 2020
The Garden of Eden, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530, via Wikimedia Commons

The limits of freedom for Adam and us

As the lockdown eases up, the remaining restrictions still generate anger. What right has the Government got to take away our freedoms? Why shouldn’t I decide […]
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
church interior

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
Seats on a train

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 26, 2020
six statues

A statue is just a symptom

It’s not about the statues, but it is about the statues. It’s not about statues because it’s about racism. Yet racism, if it is to be […]