Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Ethics?

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Stephen Russell-Lacy. We all know there is mutual resentment and antagonism in the Middle East. Rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is incredibly heated. All involved in the region have been subject to the horror of dreadful actions. Feelings of protest, anger and fear have often got out of hand. When shouting … Continue reading Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Ethics?

Swedenborg – Was he sexist?

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By Stephen Russell-Lacy. Spiritual writer Emanuel Swedenborg is often seen as sexist. He wrote that a woman’s heart can stay longer elevated into superior heat than can the heart of a man. According to this view women, more than men, are capable of a deeper and more sustained feeling of care and affection. In contrast, … Continue reading Swedenborg – Was he sexist?

Inner growth – What changes in us?

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Many writers recommend practical ways we can improve our inner growth. They might mention for example some martial arts, yoga, meditation, fasting, ceremony and ritual, or prayer. They often refer to a process of inner awakening of awareness that goes beyond ordinary existence and insight into universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and … Continue reading Inner growth – What changes in us?

Extraterrestrial – Swedenborg credible?

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Over three hundred years ago Emanuel Swedenborg had a desire to know about the inhabitants of other planets. Recently  astronomy has discovered many other earths beyond our solar system. And so a widespread notion has now grown that intelligent extraterrestrial life probably does exist elsewhere in the vast universe. Swedenborg said some spirits he met … Continue reading Extraterrestrial – Swedenborg credible?

Enthusiasm – How to find it?

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How keen are you to get up in the morning and follow your ordinary day? Have you the enthusiasm needed to do what is fulfilling and good? “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher) With inspiration, and the enthusiasm that goes along with it, we have energy for living life to … Continue reading Enthusiasm – How to find it?

New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

Book launch and talk. Sunday 8 November 2015 | Doors open 2.00 pm (talk at 2.30) | Clissold House, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 9HJ Tickets only £4 (includes free glass of wine). Click here to book. To launch his new book, New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society (London: Swedenborg … Continue reading New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

Swedenborg – Secrets of Heaven

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Secrets of Heaven (also titled Arcana Caelestia) by the spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, gives a verse by verse interpretation of the first two books of the Bible – Genesis and Exodus. Swedenborg maintains that such narratives as the six-days creation story and the picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden are not … Continue reading Swedenborg – Secrets of Heaven

Ghost – Why believe in spirits?

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These days the notion of a ghost is usually limited to the world of fiction. Tales of such apparitions have been found in every culture. The ghost hunting theme has been featured in reality television series in the West. The traditional popular image is of something wispy and translucent. Yet we tend not to actually … Continue reading Ghost – Why believe in spirits?

Criminals – Are some people just bad?

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You might think some saints and criminals are basically good or bad. • Mother Teresa devoted her life to the care and service of the poor. • Zacarias Moussaoui participated in the 9/11 terrorist conspiracy which resulted in the death of 2,996 people, and at least $10 billion in damage. • Nelson Mandela was a … Continue reading Criminals – Are some people just bad?

Supernatural reality: Does it exist?

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The word ‘supernatural’ implies miracles can happen and supernatural beings can intervene to break the laws of nature. Supernatural belief goes back centuries e.g. the worship of Neptune and Apollo by the ancient Greeks. Most scientists regard it delusional to think that the rules of nature can be violated by supernatural beings. And so we … Continue reading Supernatural reality: Does it exist?