God, religion and belief

God, religion and belief

  By Peter Mullen In these darkening, backendish days it’s easy to let yourself get down in the dumps. What you need is some amusement, a little entertainment, some fun. And when it’s fun you’re looking for, you can’t beat The Guardian. Recently that blathering leftie rag read only by the chattering classes – sorry, […]

Handle with care…

Handle with care…

By Peter Mullen Someone at church said, “I’ve read some of your articles, Peter and what I’d like to know is this: are you a fundamentalist?” I felt as if I should reply, “Well, it’s a long story.” In fact, in the matter of Christian belief, it is necessary to be a fundamentalist but to […]

The problem of evil

The problem of evil

The shocking death toll following the earthquake in Nepal has prompted much theological punditry in the mass media, most of it rather unedifying. The so-called “problem of evil” is the football with which the occupants of what Karl Barth described as “the playground of the theologians” like to amuse themselves. It is a game that […]

The British Caliphate

Now here’s a strange thing: the media are usually obsessed with politics, but they’ve been very quiet ahead of the Clacton by-election to be held tomorrow. Why this odd neglect amounting almost to an aversion? It could be of course that the papers and the BBC are looking to their priorities and they would rather […]

Demonising the free markets

Peter Mullen It is dispiriting to observe both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church persisting in their irrational and uniformed criticisms of free markets. Leaders of both Churches have signalled their enthusiasm for the extreme left wing economist Thomas Piketty who believes that the answer to the perceived problem of “inequality” is […]

Pope Francis on non-believers

Pope Francis on non-believers

When it comes to the succeeding of Pope Benedict by Pope Francis, it is becoming clearer by the minute that what we have gained in image-presentation and sound-bites we have lost in mental acuity and theological clarity. Pope Francis’ recent pronouncement about God, non-believers and their consciences is, to say the least, a confused mess. […]

Unfracked priests

Unfracked priests

The Diocese of Blackburn has produced a leaflet that declares (falsely, of course) that “Fracking presents a choice between economic gain and a healthy environment.” They add: “The time we spend thinking, praying and acting now to protect our drinking water and the rest of God’s glorious creation cannot compare with the time succeeding generations […]

All you need is love – and the Ten Commandments

All you need is love – and the Ten Commandments

  We should sympathise with the Archbishop of Canterbury in his embarrassment over the payday loans affair. First we had his bullish statement that the church was going to put Wonga out of business, without incidentally offering any loans itself; and then the hilarious (Well, you’ve got to laugh!) discovery that the Church Commissioners hold […]

Have A Heart

Have a Heart Every morning Radio Four presents news and current affairs in The Toady Programme and between 7.30 and 8.00 there are two regular three-minutes “slots.” One is called Thoughtless Today in which, according to the canons of “diversity,” secularised representatives of all religions and none come on to give us their preferred denomination’s […]

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