Monthly Archives: November 2013

See you in hospital

Let’s talk a little about sin. It often creeps into our discussions, and this can be confusing unless we are clear what we mean by it. My first point is that sin is a misleading word. The reason for this … Continue reading

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Ruling the mob

I have always been nervous of mass demonstrations, or crowds which seem to have a mind of their own. I fear their irrationality. As Mark Antony said to the Roman mob: “O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, and … Continue reading

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“Is God a myth too?”

I take my title from our contributor, St. Joseph, who asked this (only to make a rhetorical point) when the subject of angels was being discussed. I am tempted to answer: yes and no. We have never been afraid to … Continue reading

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To Hell on a handcart

Recently, I was listening to a serious discussion on the radio about changing moral values in our society. Professor Dawkins gave an example of this: it was once taken for granted that sexual activity outside marriage was forbidden. The reason, … Continue reading

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