Tag Archives: faith

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Ultimate questions

I've pretty much decided to retire this blog, and eventually import its archive into A Borrowed Flame (see here for why), however, why not go out with a bit of bang, with one last philosophical hurrah? My friend Chrys, who has given ...

Church Gate

Impossible Church

A number of the comments on Rachel Held Evan's latest posts about leaving and returning to the Church were a little disheartening, and have certainly got me thinking about all sorts of things. I both empathise and react to a ...

Are you a Hipster Christian?

A reliable method for finding the best coffee in an unfamiliar town is to follow some hipsters. Anyhow here's a quiz to see if you are a Christian Hipster -I got 72/120. Looks like an interesting book too.

Heathen's Progress

Heathen’s Progress: Julian Baggini on Atheism & Nihilism

I just finished writing a post over at A Borrowed Flame about John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, so it's apt that I write here about Julian Baggini's refreshlingly honest piece about contemporary Atheism in the Guardian which is part of his series entitled ...

Scripture as Performance

I'm very pleased to have my first guest posts over at my blog A Borrowed Flame. Alastair Roberts has written a double-header exploring the idea of scripture as performance:  Before the invention of the steam-powered printing press, and also before Gutenberg ...

Bonhoeffer’s prayer for new year, 1945

This morning at church we sang a setting of a poem that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in Berlin prison for the new year of 1945. In four months time he would be martyred, 23 days short of the Nazi surrender. Von guten Mächten Von ...

Why become a Christian?

I wrote briefly on this once before, but this comment on Kurt Willems' blog is worth highlighting: I tend rather to think about the reasons why someone would not become a Christian: 1.  You have to adopt a peculiar ethic.  This means abstaining from ...

A couple of interesting quotes from articles I read this morning..

This from Richard Coles regarding OccupyLSX outside St Paul's Cathedral (HT Mark Mynell): Christianity began with a PR disaster, on a hill outside Jerusalem. Out of it came unimaginable possibilities for new life and the transformation of the world, not in ...

Wurmbrand: Atheism can be the passage from false religion to spiritual truth.

I'm currently reading The Answer to the Atheist's Handbook by the late Richard Wurmbrand, who was a Romanian pastor (I understand he was formerly a Jewish atheist?) imprisoned under the communist regime, and who went on to found The Voice ...

A Gangster and God

Have a listen to this powerful testimony; Darrell Tunningley was an armed robber and drug dealer who was found by God in prison.   Your browser does not support iframes. Click here to see the content.