Category Archives: God

Longer Rowan Williams

(run through a scanner, darkly: particularly horribly phrases highlighted. Page references lost in translation. ) Dialogue goes on because of a trust that recognition will be possible. And acknowledging that misrecognition happens is part of the fuel of continuing the … Continue reading

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Shorter Rowan Williams

You are what you waffle

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Freud vs God and John Wilkins

Catching up on feeds this morning, I found John Wilkins making against Christians my point about how idiots believe: Christians, who have an extensive body of traditional dogma which they like to reassure themselves is true and consistent, like to … Continue reading

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Freud vs God; Round 2

I said I would look at the second of Freud’s categorical errors when discussing belief, and here it is. He thinks that idiots believe in the same sense as intellectuals: that what they say about God is an unclear expression … Continue reading

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Freud vs God: round 1

I have been reading Freud, for the first time in decades: Civilisation and its Discontents, which I have in a nice Dover paperback. Some of it is thought-provoking, and some is self-parody: “Psychoanalysis unfortunately has hardly anything to say about … Continue reading

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Interesting graphs

One of the most thoughtful bloggers on religion is Razib, over at Gene Expression, and he has stuck up a whole series of badly formatted but thoroughly interesting graphs based on solid American statistics about the effects of religious belief … Continue reading

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Who we, white man? (part xxxvi)

Larry Moran quotes an interview with Dan Dennett: “The very fact that we agree that there are moral limits that trump any claim of religious freedom—we wouldn’t accept a religion that engaged in human sacrifice or slavery, for instance—shows that … Continue reading

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Back to bed with Diarmaid

Another hundred pages of MacCulloch’s Reformation this morning; wonderful stuff. The parallels with today are not in the least bit cheering; among them the way in which the printing press, like the Internet, allowed everyone, however ignorant, to join in theological … Continue reading

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Not pronounced the obvious way

There is to be a new Anglican Communion, based around the 1662 prayerbook and the 39 Articles — delicious, that Peter Akinola and Peter Jensen should be heading up an organisation which takes as an article of faith that foreign … Continue reading

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Muslim slave raiders

According to MacCulloch, (p 57) On the eastern and southern rim of Europe, Islam remained a threat until the end of the seventeenth century. Even when the activities of the Ottoman fleet were curbed after the battle of Lepanto in … Continue reading

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