‘What an awful season of pseudo-fights and distractions.’… Read the rest
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Government drops long-standing legal bans on discrimination against staff who have different or no religion.… Read the rest
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Candace Allen, Ted Cantle, Dreda Say Mitchell.… Read the rest
Many anti-racists are so used to resisting attacks on minorities that they will defend all differences.… Read the rest
Grayling and director Mick Gordon co-wrote play with contributions from theologians, clerics, atheists.… Read the rest
In a startling warning to the Government, senior church and political figures have backed a report advocating force to protest against policies that are “unbiblical” and “inimical to the Christian faith”.
The Telegraph cites the ‘menacing language’ of the report and says ‘Lord Mawhinney, the Tory peer, Andy Reed, the Labour MP, and the Rt Rev Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, helped to produce’ it.
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The report from the Evangelical Alliance says “violent revolution” should be regarded as a viable response if government legislation encroaches further on basic religious rights. The church is urged to come to a consensus that “at some point there is not only the right but the duty to disobey the state”…Proposals to
More pondering on this question of what is good and for whom. Compassion is an important human virtue, but would it be an important virtue, or a virtue at all, if humans were different kinds of entities? If we were conscious but immortal and perfect, if we never suffered, if we had no vulnerability of any kind (and didn’t know of any entities that did), would compassion be a virtue? Would we see it as a good thing? I tend to doubt it.
I had similar doubts and questions about some things Keith Ward said in a discussion with Anthony Grayling in Prospect last year.
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The scientific perception of the cosmos is that it is an intelligible, law-like, mathematically
Appignanesi, Mortimer, Hytner, others to confront growing danger to theatre in the UK.… Read the rest
‘There is a momentum building against the secular parties’ says founder of ‘pro-family’ ‘pro-life’ party.… Read the rest
Tory peer, Labour MP, Bishop of Chester helped to produce the menacing report.… Read the rest
Condemns ‘outrageous distortion’ of campaigners against pioneering technologies.… Read the rest
Noisy opponent of gay marriage admits having a massage from a gay masseur, denies inhaling. … Read the rest
Psychology, media studies, photography considered more fun, also easier.… Read the rest
Rationalists on crusade. Very droll.… Read the rest
Incompatible goals meet, tangle, thrash about, retire to corners again.… Read the rest
I’ve been pondering (off and on, mostly off) this question of suffering and compassion – this idea that you can’t have one without the other, or that the one makes the other worthwhile, or acceptable, or the world that includes it more attractive. Swinburne said, as we saw:
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Theodicy provides good explanations of why God sometimes – for some or all of the short period of our earthly lives – allows us to suffer pain and disability. Although intrinsically bad states, these difficult times often serve good purposes for the sufferers and for others. My suffering provides me with the opportunity to show courage and patience. It provides you with the opportunity to show sympathy and to help alleviate
Many greens are hostile to science and technology, which are needed in responses to climate change.… Read the rest
He’s an outgoing guy.… Read the rest
What was wrong with the paper? Quite a few things.… Read the rest