On Easter Sunday the Buried Question Remains Did Jesus Die and Live?

The news of Easter Sunday does not hinge upon vain speculation of whether Jesus lived and died, but the vital matter of whether he died and lived. [Read more…]

Tolkien’s footnote to the cross in The Lord of the Rings

For many people, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is their favourite book.  It was voted the greatest book of the twentieth century by the British public.  Since then, it also became an Academy award winning film trilogy. Tolkien’s works of fantasy are famously intricate, with a whole world of languages and creatures and cultures [Read More…]

Orphans: the Superheroes of a Romantic Culture, part 2

All human beings secretly wish they could be orphans. An absurd statement?  However improbable it might initially appear, if like Superman you were to come to earth from another planet, you would certainly be forgiven for drawing that conclusion. It would be hard to do otherwise if you were to scan the fiction written since the [Read More…]

Orphans: A Tragic State transformed into a Cultural Ideal, part 1

‘Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach! Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens. We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.’  (Lamentations 5:1-3) The Bible regularly speaks of the Lord’s particular care and concern for the plight of the widow [Read More…]

The Fairly Traded Coffee Party

Over-caffeinated hysteria forms the backdrop of the Presidency of Donald Trump. At first, the hysteria seemed the inevitable aftermath of a particularly nasty and at times vitriolic political campaign.  With two such dislikable and polarizing candidates, a winter of discontent was coming no matter who became the 45th President of the United States. But the range and intensity of [Read More…]

The Media Got the Message: on Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Donald J. Trump is a powerful rhetorician, and a clever politician. Against all odds, he has now been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  His extraordinary and improbable rise to success ought to have led everyone at least to acknowledge that. But if you follow the vast majority of the comments in [Read More…]

Morgan Freeman, the one chosen to tell the story of god

National Geographic is not known for its religious fervor.  That poses a problem when doing a series on the subject.  For all the success of the New Atheists, a sceptical treatment would find a limited audience. The channel appears to be after a larger market share, which prompts its own kind of fervor. The Story of God [Read More…]

Who are the Pharisees, and what do they love?

Conservative and progressive Christians both understand how important love is to the Christian faith. ‘Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ But conservatives are often accused of being unloving and even hypocritical in refusing to accept the normativity of the LGBT worldview. Some examination of this charge of hypocrisy is necessary. [Read More…]

Why is the force not with Rogue One?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened in cinemas just before Christmas, an early present for its devoted fan base.  The sales of the film suggest its success, and one reviewer I read put it in the ‘top 5’ of the eight films in the series.  High praise, I guess. I’m not sure it is [Read More…]

Is love really all we need?

It is said that hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.  Our word hypocrisy arises from the stage.  A hypocritēs is an actor, a person who in the context of Classical Greek theatre is literally under the judgment of the spectators. Jesus employed the word satirically to condemn the Pharisees.  They were terrible [Read More…]