Theology of The Dark is Rising

Over the Christmas season, Rob McFarlane and Julia Bird have been leading a re-reading of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising on Twitter with the hashtag #TheDarkIsReading. This has led to some fascinating conversations, including on the theology of the book.

Metaphysics

The cover story of the New Scientist this week is Metaphysics, which they sub-title “How science answers philosophy’s deepest questions”. I think that the New Scientist is a very interesting magazine, and I’m pleased that they tackle these sorts of topics, although I do find how they approach them somewhat frustrating sometimes!

Inspiring Psalm 104

Psalm 104 has been described as “Genesis 1 set to music”. That’s clearly the main inspiration for the psalm, and one which most readers will quickly realise. But, it’s not the only source of inspiration. It’s less well known that the psalm is also inspired by the Egyptian Hymn to the Sun.

God our Mother?

Can we talk about God being our mother? Can we use feminine pronouns to refer to God? Is there advantage in doing so, and what might the dangers be? This issue is currently making the news, with reports of calls for the Church of England’s liturgy to be altered to reflect this set of ideas.…

Response to UKIP’s Policies for Christians

In what is part of a growing trend of giving focused manifestos for particular groups, UKIP have produced UKIP’s Policies for Christians. I think that it’s important that we engage with this, so here is my attempt! As party politics is generally contentious, I should stress that these are only my own views.

Thinking about Hell

We don’t think about hell enough! And that is damaging our understanding of humanity and Christianity. That’s the challenge that I encountered last week, and now it’s Advent Sunday, which is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas, with a focus on the Four Last Things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell.

Our Father

The Lord’s Prayer is a vital part of our faith, which is used regularly in public and personal worship. But, how often do we think about what it means? What does it mean when we refer to God as ‘our Father’?