John Newton and “Amazing Grace”


The plan of a slave ship


Here’s a golden oldie, a column that Bill Hamblin and I published nearly ten years ago, just after the death of my father, in Meridian Magazine:


It seems to be suffering from one or two odd mechanical glitches, but I hope and think that it remains worth a reading.



Assyrian Christians, the latest captives of the “Islamic State”
An official Church statement: “Why Religious Freedom Matters to Mormons”
Life is rough, and then you die
“Nourishing the Aging Brain”
  • Louis Midgley

    My father loved Shakespeare, and though an engineer, he was, unlike his son, simply obsessed with poetry. One of his poet “friends” was William Cowper. I still recall being taken by my father to visit one of the Brethren. What they did was read Cowper together. I am pleased to be reminded that the very passionate Cowper and the amazing John Newton were friends, and that, like John and Charles Wesley, their thoughts about divine things are still with us.