Mystery of the Spheres

#Bloganuary Writing Prompt: Write About Something Mysterious “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Albert Einstein The physician and the artist beheld one the other;Each a sage, each a well-learnèd brother –Might they oppose and withContinue reading “Mystery of the Spheres”

Action Man Jesus?

One can feel quite exhausted following a reading of the Gospel of Mark’s account of a day in the life of Jesus – today’s text Mark1: 29-39. There is a lot packed into the day so described. It is typical of Mark’s story-telling style – rapid, clipped, urgent, sparing of detail. It gives a pictureContinue reading “Action Man Jesus?”

Lenten Voices: Into the wilderness…

Today’s sermonic offering at the Downs Church…. 12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. The wilderness … at the same time beautiful and dangerous. The wilderness … a place ofContinue reading “Lenten Voices: Into the wilderness…”

Faith – Stop Picking on Science!

In sync with my current series as I trawl through a bundle of New Scientist articles thoughtfully loaned to me by a parishioner is this offering from today’s Facebook feed: Is your church still picking a fight with science? My current congregation never has, but one sometimes gets the impression it’s one of a group of rogue shipsContinue reading “Faith – Stop Picking on Science!”

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”

Father Abraham: today’s Lenten host and guide

We first meet him in Genesis 12:1-4a, under his old handle, Abram. Already a senior citizen of Ur, he sets out for places unknown at the age of 75. Today, we would probably report him as a missing person, fearing that he had gone wandering off in a haze of dementia. Abram’s journey, however, is the common touchContinue reading “Father Abraham: today’s Lenten host and guide”

Is atheism boring?

This was one proposition on Q&A last night – and it wasn’t posed by a “religionist”! The politician-free panel comprised a spectrum of faith and non-faith stances and there was a full ranging discussion in which each panelist acquitted themselves respectfully and well. Interaction was free and relaxed, even when touching on the thorny issueContinue reading “Is atheism boring?”