The miracle of divine compassion

In Advent we are invited to think of judgement. As soon as children can speak, they cry out those words all parents hear a thousand times: It’s not fair! The desire for justice, for fairness and right dealing goes deep and it is the basis of the faith of the Old Testament. And what guaranteed […]

The bishops’ blind spot on the nature of socialism

For the last 50 years they have mounted a relentless denunciation of capitalism with savage attacks on the City, on fat cats everywhere and on any politician who shows a fondness for proposing Thatcherite policies. The Church of England, which used to be described as “the Tory party at prayer”, is now more like the […]

It’s all in the image

It’s all in the image

Peter Mullen   What is the first reaction of so many people when they find themselves in the vicinity of a terrorist attack? Why, they take photographs of it of course. Then they post the pics on Facebook for the benefit of all their creepy, prurient friends. So in the aftermath of the recent atrocity […]

Prophesy and apocalypse

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time, (Revelation 12: 12). I believe we have good reason to think we’re living in the devil’s time now – so I’m sure you […]

The liberals and their Secular Commandments

Peter Mullen   You know the song, The Vicar of Bray: “And this is law, I will aver Until my Dying Day, Sir. That whatsoever King may reign, I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!” It’s a satirical song designed to mock the self-serving, latitudinarian Anglican parsons in the 18th century. These were the […]

Are we committing cultural suicide?

Peter Mullen   I was reading a review of Wyndham Lewis’ 1928 novel The Childermass – surely one of the most outstanding books of the last century – when I came across an arresting phrase. The reviewer said that in his novel Lewis was criticising “authoritarian populism.” I cannot think of a more apt description […]

A question of judgement

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven – Genesis 18:24 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand – I Corinthians 10:8   I have listened to more than my share of fire […]

Are we sliding into a new totalitarianism?

Peter Mullen   When the Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989, the poet CH Sisson said: “I can’t understand how we can rejoice over the end of this tyranny in the Soviet bloc when we’re building up something very much like it in Western Europe.” I recalled his words when I read the shocking […]

The Pope and the death penalty

Peter Mullen     Bertrand Russell said: “The chicken that gets used to being fed every day finally has its neck wrung.” This is a parable about the vanity of human expectations and it has a far wider application than that concerning chickens and their necks. For example, let us consider the papacy. The Pope […]

Why I am praying for Richard Dawkins

Following prayers for our Great National Atheist Richard Dawkins, the secularising hordes have taken to the streets in outrage to claim that this Christian solicitation is somehow “offensive” to the professor. This makes me want to pray for the mental health of the secularisers: “O God, may this congregation of unbelievers swiftly receive such powers […]

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