The Elim Community Church is a small walk from my house. I pass it on my way into the city centre. The church is close to the bus station and it uses this prominent position to evangelise via brightly coloured billboards placed at two of its corners. Everyone in Carlisle has seen these. If you’ve … Continue reading Your Easter Sermon
The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The intelligentsia in an open society are influential in a way that is sometimes poorly understood. Fashionable opinion makers in a democracy are rarely Machiavellian movers and … Continue reading After Paris
If religion were a part of life, based upon the life and thought of to-day, people could afford to laugh about it, to joke about it, to caricature it, to use the language of uneducated and coarse men and women about it, as they do about marriage, parentage, and a score of other things, the … Continue reading No Apologies: A Guide to Irresponsible Freedom
People want to agree with Jesus, and this often means they see him as agreeing with themselves. E. P. Sanders While on the campaign trail recently Texas governor, GOP hopeful, and potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Perry responded to a question from a small boy about the age of the earth by telling him that … Continue reading Only a Theory? Dispatches from the Evolution Wars
I don’t think I ever really believed in God. I was christened, and went through the same watered-down rituals at Christmas and Easter as every other schoolboy in England, but I don’t remember believing; not like I believed in Father Christmas. (There was evidence for Father Christmas: presents!) It was not until I was in … Continue reading ATHEISM: A Rough History of my Disbelief.