The Books We Read – Fellow Pilgrims…

Astute followers of this blog will notice a page has been added. This follows the addition of the page that links to bloggers I follow … and is in some way related. A pilgrim never travels alone. The “bloggers I follow” page acknowledges some fellow pilgrims along the way, some of whom march to theContinue reading “The Books We Read – Fellow Pilgrims…”

One and All

I have always enjoyed the offerings of Hugh Mackay, no less his current title The Art of Belonging, which I have just begun to read. His journal-like writing as a sociologist has always been most accessible. This work is worth chewing on for anyone remotely involved in community work, especially faith communities. The struggle of theContinue reading “One and All”

Fishing for Stars in the Sea

I came across this poem by Roderic Quinn which, today, I thought I’d share just for its own sake. I took a boat on a starry night and went for a row on the water, and she danced like a child on a wake of light and bowed where the ripples caught her. I vowedContinue reading “Fishing for Stars in the Sea”

Quantum Physics meets the Mad Hatter

The Pastor and the Physicist continue to dialogue over matters of faith and science, prompted by feature articles in a pile of New Scientist magazines. Quantum physics has to make its appearance at some stage, and, sure enough the next lead story explores an experiment showing quantum particles that “lose their identity,” thus redefining reality. OutContinue reading “Quantum Physics meets the Mad Hatter”

Gluten intolerance – fad, fact… and faith?

I continue to leaf through the science magazines stacked on my desk and selecting lead articles to pass a parson’s comment on. New Scientist (12 July 2014)  treads bravely into a minefield with the tagline “Wheat intolerance is more about psychology than physiology.” “Is it plausible that something that has been a staple food for centuries canContinue reading “Gluten intolerance – fad, fact… and faith?”

Multiverses and God

The lead story in New Scientist (22 March 2014) explains the physics behind the concept of multiverses and how such an understanding might be enhanced by the discovery that week of a method of peering even closer into the slivers of a second after the big bang . My poor head spun as I tried to getContinue reading “Multiverses and God”

A Million Year Mind

Let’s kick off the Physicists & a Parson Parley series with a look at the lead article in New Scientist (1 March 2014) – “Your Million Year Mind.” (I keep catching myself reading it as “your million dollar mind” – how conditioned am I by the prevailing culture of economic rationalism?) In summary, the piece explores how the measurableContinue reading “A Million Year Mind”

Physicists and a Parson Parley

There’s a heap of New Scientist magazines on my desk. Scientists of various disciplines, some at the peak of their field, have always been present in the various faith communities I have served. To varying degrees, conversations between faith and science have been mutually rewarding. All have eschewed the alleged dichotomy advanced by fundamentalists of either religiousContinue reading “Physicists and a Parson Parley”

Blogging 101: considering a blog title & tagline

After several years of blogging in fits and starts, I’ve signed up for the basic course at WordPress Blogging 101. Today’s exercise is to consider my blog’s title and tagline and whether its time to change it. I quite like the current title and find it quite suitable for my purpose. It carries a questionContinue reading “Blogging 101: considering a blog title & tagline”