The Little Girl as Warrior

St Therese dressed as Joan of Arc

“Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!” said the little warrior St Therese. If anyone has read her Story of a Soul and gave it up as a sentimental exercise in French bad taste they should pick up The Last Conversations. The first book might just put folks off with the cute [Read More...]

On Morality and Martyrdom

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A debate has been cooking amongst various bloggers who are atheists about whether there is such a thing as objective morality. I was interested in the observations that animals behave in a ‘moral’ way–elephants grieve their dead herd members, dogs stand loyally beside the grave of their dead master, monkeys share and gorillas are tender [Read More...]

Lions, Little Children and Tiber Swims

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Did you know that Ignatius of Antioch was not only appointed to the see of Antioch by Peter himself, but tradition has it that he was one of the children that the Lord took up in his arms and blessed? Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in the Roman Coliseum  by being devoured by beasts. On [Read More...]

The Vicar on a Roman Holiday

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Guest blogger, The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington is Vicar of St Hilda’s, Little Snoring with All Saints, Great Snoring. He is a graduate of Plymouth University. He completed his studies for the ministry at Latimer Hall, Durham. He is married to Daphne and enjoys home brewing, model railroading and is an avid member of the Great [Read More...]

Not the Spanish Inquisition!

There are few events in  history more misunderstood and misrepresented than the Spanish Inquisition. The numbers of people supposedly killed by “the Catholic Church” grows every year…50 million, 95 million. Never mind that the number killed is larger than the population of Europe at the time, just pull out a number–the bigger it is the [Read More...]

The Early Date of Mark’s Gospel

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In seminary we had to study modern Biblical scholarship, and one of my great blessings was that at Bob Jones I learned to be skeptical of the fundamentalists, but at Oxford I learned to be skeptical of the modernists. Both groups seemed to me to be like two madmen strapped back to back. Both the [Read More...]