Scripture – Is it uncivilised dogma?


On the face of it, much of the Bible and Qu’ran is dogmatic and sometimes unintelligible. Scripture contains scientific misconceptions. Also it has outmoded rules of living for example about food consumption and animal sacrifices. There are references to historical events that seem unrelated to being alive today. One also notices all sorts of horrible … Continue reading Scripture – Is it uncivilised dogma?

Refugees – How many to take in?


Over a million people crossed into the European Union in 2015 triggering disagreement about how best to deal with the crisis. The problem of what to do with refugees was likely to get more intense in 2016. Rifts have emerged between governments willing to accept these people and other governments trying to discourage their arrival. … Continue reading Refugees – How many to take in?

Astrology – Mumbo jumbo or ancient wisdom?


Astrology is an important part of popular Western culture. Just browse  through some general magazines and newspapers to see that. People often go along with the notion that the position and movements of the planets, against the backdrop of the night sky, tells them something about their personal lives. For many, a horoscope, based on … Continue reading Astrology – Mumbo jumbo or ancient wisdom?

Calm mind – How to find it in daily life?


I was on holiday in the French Vendėe looking for peace and calm. The family had caught the ferry and located the camp site. And now on a lovely day without a cloud in the sky, I shouldn’t have had a care in the world. My daughter passed by and said “Oh Dad, you look … Continue reading Calm mind – How to find it in daily life?

Journeying home – But how?

Journeying home

An ideal home is an attractive thought. There are exhibitions and magazines which promote smart and aesthetically pleasing furnishing and house design. What is your ideal sense of home?  Journeying to my ideal home would be aiming to live in the same community as other people with whom I feel at ‘home’. It also is … Continue reading Journeying home – But how?

Western world – worthy of praise or shame?

Western world

People in developing and third world countries have gazed upon the Western world from a much better position in recent years.  This has happened through their hugely expanded access to mobile phones, internet, radio and television. They have reacted both positively and negatively.  On the one hand, they very understandably desire to enjoy some of … Continue reading Western world – worthy of praise or shame?

Immortal life – Not forever surely?

immortal life

There are two well-known hypotheses – death survival and immortal life. You may find the idea of living forever a bit daunting. If you were to continue to exist, what you would be doing with yourself all that time? Actually, if true, it would be much more than a long time: it would be – … Continue reading Immortal life – Not forever surely?

Personal Revelation – A book review

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Personal Revelation: A guide to a personal interpretation of the Book of Revelation by Michael Stanley published by The Swedenborg Open Learning Centre, Manchester Exposure of our individual shadows Traditionally the last book of the Bible has been understood to be a symbolic prophecy of momentous events to come at the end of the world. This … Continue reading Personal Revelation – A book review

Reincarnation or Spirit Survival?


Most of us don’t want our bodily death to be the end. Perhaps this is why in recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation. Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation. This belief gives us hope that life continues beyond the grave. Reincarnation is very different from … Continue reading Reincarnation or Spirit Survival?

Astral Plane – Real or Imagined?

astral plane

The astral plane is said to be another dimension of reality coexistent in space with our physical world. It is featured in the television show Charmed, in which it is described as a realm of “spirits and energies” and a place where time does not progress. Carl Jung practised what he called ‘active imagination’ and … Continue reading Astral Plane – Real or Imagined?