Stephen Fry, burrowing insects, and lions and tigers and bears

Christianity assumes that humans are the pinnacle of “creation” and that the world exists for our benefit. Atheists often turn this on its head and claim that the universe is hostile, but fail to notice that we are just one species among other species. The universe is neither 100% hostile, nor is it 100% benign.

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Art, Agriculture, and Ancestors

Each year in October we move as pilgrims through the rural landscape, stopping at each station to read, consider, pause, interact, take pictures, try the food. [Read more…]

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A tangled web

Whenever I confront my personal ethical choices around sustainability and ecology, I realise that everything depends on everything else. One choice may be more sustainable than another, but it may have other deleterious effects. You fix one part of the ecosystem, another gets broken. You try to fix poverty by donating clothes to charity shops (thrift stores) and then discover you have undermined small-scale indigenous clothing manufacture. You buy fair trade goods and then discover that they have been shipped over vast distances. [Read more…]

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Embodiment and Woundedness: Owning Up to Being an Animal

When I stepped into the waters of Lake Superior, I recognized the sensation exactly: I’ve swum here before. [Read more…]

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A Theology of Trees and Fractals

Every day we wake up is Choose Your Own Adventure, wildwood, labyrinth, if we have the eyes to see. [Read more…]

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What happens when the oil runs out?

The oil won’t run out overnight, and if we are lucky, it will be managed sensibly. But all the current indications are that it will not be managed sensibly. Instead of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, companies are inventing ever more destructive ways of wresting them from the ground, the worst of these being fracking. We are also not investing in sustainable power sources, or taxing carbon consumption, or anywhere near enough of the things we should be doing. The warning signs of climate change are being ignored. [Read more…]

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When knowledge was power

Ritual often seems like an activity designed only for interaction with the preternatural or the supernatural. However, in non-literate (oral) cultures, it can have a mnemonic function – to remember and pass on traditional lore, about how to grow and manage crops, about animal and plant species, how to interact with the land, how to use tools. [Read more…]

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