Monthly Archives: January 2011

‘I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member’

Following on from my last post which centred on one, very skewed view of Church: I wanted to think about Church… and church… The title quote, by the way, is Groucho Marx. Many people who don’t go to church, imagine … Continue reading

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No wonder the Church Fathers are all balding!

When you look at an orthodox icon of one of the ‘Church Fathers’ (early Christian theologians of the first few centuries AD)… they are all painted with high domed foreheads. Presumably this is to indicate symbolically their great wisdom… but … Continue reading

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Humility

Humility is a strange quality; unlike joy, love, kindness or any of those typically sweet qualities Christians are supposed to value highly; humility is painful. True humility, a quality many mystics wrote about (often anonymously) , consists not of feeling … Continue reading

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Heaven and Hell

Yesterday a Christian friend was talking about forgiveness and today a non-religious friend asked me whether I thought a particular public figure would go to heaven or hell and it made me think… If I were in charge of the … Continue reading

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Footfalls

When engineers and programmers first tried to create a robotic machine that would ‘walk’ like a human being, they had a great deal of trouble… I remember as a young girl, watching the TV documentary, Horizon or Tomorrow’s World or … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Measures

Today three ex-bishops from the Church of England were ordained priests into the Roman Catholic Church. Ostensibly it is a matter of faith -they do not believe that women should be priests and certainly not bishops. The reasons are varied: … Continue reading

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Art for art’s sake?

Last night I was trying to get some reading done for an essay, with half an eye on the television -watching BBC3, first about Baroque art and then about the love and work of John Constable. And it struck me … Continue reading

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