Mar 142009
 

This story must surely be one of the most ridiculous I’ve read in a while. It simply makes no sense to me at all.

Or does it simply reflect the level of (superstitious) ignorance that can be found in ‘Joe Public’? Or does it reflect the confusion and ignorance found in pew-sitters about the rites and practices of the church?

Oct 212008
 

Professor Richard Dawkins is supporting a publicity campaign to have London buses carry ads saying that “There’s probably no God”. I can’t help but think that he could have been a bit more positive about it given his hard-line atheist stance. Surely he’s not having doubts?

I also wonder if it won’t backfire somewhat. Surely it’s in Dawkins’ and the British Humanist Association’s interest to not have people talking about God at all. Wouldn’t the old adage of ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity’ be very appropriate here? And in fact, I’m all in favour of people thinking about faith and religion. If they choose to reject it, then so be it. But at least it’ll be done from a point of knowledge rather than simply go along with Dawkins’ accusations of religion being brainwashing and superstition. After all, he’s an eminent professor so what he says must be true, surely? Just remember he’s an eminent professor of evolutionary biology, not of religion (and don’t call me Shirley).

Jul 222008
 

Well, it’s been ages since I last wrote anything, so my birthday seems to be an appropriate occasion to post something.

I got vouchers (Amazon and the bank type) and a big stack of dark chocolate including my favourite Green and Black’s Maya Gold. I don’t eat milk chocolate because of the milk – lactose seems to bring on my sinusitis, so I avoid it. There was also a bar of Co-op orange and spices. Very similar to the Maya Gold but a bit more orangey – very yummy. Trying to avoid eating any before bedtime or I’ll not sleep.

Haven’t decided what to spend my vouchers on but I may order a wide-angle tele-converter for my camera. Or I could just buy more chocolate. Decisions! Decisions!

And I’ve got a delicious home-made birthday cake as well.

The girls are back from Malawi and are spending time with grandparents. It seems to have been an amazing trip and there are some photos and tales on the website.

I’m also reading another NT Wright book – Paul, In fresh perspective. Definitely recommended. For a ‘traditionalist’ scholar, he really opens up some fresh ideas and challenges conventional wisdom. Maybe that says more than anything. There is still so much to learn even from ‘traditional’ teaching never mind having tread on emerging pathways. This one is about the major themes of covenant and creation which run through scripture. That in itself is not so radical, but it it the implications which Wright draws, particularly in how we read Paul, that are challenging. I’ll post on it when I’ve digested it some more but it’s an outlook or theology that really appeals to me and makes sense to me.

Oh well, chocolate beckons.