Scruton, Roger: The Face of God – Review

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. In the book The Face of God, Roger Scruton discusses the atheistic world-view that has been gaining ground in Western culture. The atheist says that the laws of nature determine everything that is real, including human thought and action.  Consequently, because of scientific theory, there can be no supernatural explanation for existence. Nothing … Continue reading Scruton, Roger: The Face of God – Review

Jordan Peterson “12 Rules for Life” – Review

12 Rules for Life

By Stephen Russell-Lacy. According to the New York Times, Jordan Peterson is the most influential intellectual in the Western world right now. His book “12 Rules for Life” is an international best seller. However, if you happen to be sympathetic to a fundamentalist type of Christianity you may not like it. Peterson comes over as … Continue reading Jordan Peterson “12 Rules for Life” – Review

Truth – Only private & subjective?

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When we feel really vibrant and full of the joys of spring then energy seems to rise up in us. We find ourselves singing our lives. Inspired to see the truth in nature, in other people and in ourselves. Readily noticing vitality of growth, and beauty of form and colour in our surroundings. Newly seeing … Continue reading Truth – Only private & subjective?

Religion – Does it have anything to offer?

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I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion. (Albert Einstein) If you are spiritually orientated, you may welcome the notion of a deeper universal truth that applies to all people in all circumstances. However these days there is often an uncertainty about religion. North-western Europe is no longer … Continue reading Religion – Does it have anything to offer?

12 Steps recovery – What higher power?

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The original 12 steps recovery programme is still used by AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Many alcoholics have a hard time admitting that they can’t control their alcohol use. If they believe that they are unable to stop on their own, AA say the recovery process can begin. There is a big idea they promote. Most of … Continue reading 12 Steps recovery – What higher power?

Turbulent times around us

“May you live in interesting times” is purported to be a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is always used ironically, with the clear implication that ‘uninteresting times’, of peace and tranquillity, are more life-enhancing than ‘interesting’ ones, which from historical perspective usually include disorder and conflict. It is more of an … Continue reading Turbulent times around us

Divine Source – How to think of it?

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Do you feel your life is missing something? Are you interested in higher states of awareness? For example the awe and wonder you might have once felt when contemplating the world of nature. Or the sense of peace, contentment, and even joy that perhaps you had as an infant or you fleetingly glimpse in the … Continue reading Divine Source – How to think of it?

Personal Revelation – A book review

"Worship God"

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

Christmas for kids these days

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“Tuesday will be the start of Advent ” said our daughter to Sam, aged four, as we were enjoying a leisurely brunch the other day. “You can start opening your Advent Calendar”. There were gasps of excitement from Sam and Harry his younger brother. “What is Advent?” I asked Sam. “It means it’s only so … Continue reading Christmas for kids these days

Theology – What use is it?

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You might look at our troubled world feeling that life is overwhelming at times and wonder what God is doing about it. Where is he when we need him? Does he have a plan for the planet’s environment, for tackling terrorism, for curtailing run away population growth? Alternatively is he not in control? Does he … Continue reading Theology – What use is it?