From the monthly archives:

July 2010

… What is meant by the ‘one’ in mono-theism? Does it mean ‘one’ as opposed to two, three, or seventy-nine? In which case it is one as a number, and is opposed to other numbers. In that case, since whenever we define something over against something, it is true to say that [...]


Some more advice from Uncle Karl

by Kim on July 28, 2010

Dear Mr. N.N.,
You very kindly sent me your writing along with an accompanying letter. I thank you for this but I also have to admit quite openly that I took no pleasure in reading it.
As opposed to what you learned from the other side, I have to say that precisely ‘in essentials’ I am [...]


Dear N.N.,
Many thanks for your kind letter. But what an obstinate fellow you are! You write that you were very impressed with what I told you last week in the Theological School. And now you manage to put down on paper all that nonsense about the kingdom of God that we must [...]



by Richard on July 25, 2010

Blogging will be light to non-existent from me for a little while. Blessings.


Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 25, 2010

THIS, this is the God we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable friend;
Whose love is as great as his power,
And neither knows measure nor end.
‘Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise him for all that is past,
And trust him for all that’s to come.
Joseph Hart


America’s boring deity

by Kim on July 24, 2010

“American Protestants do not believe in God because they believe in belief. That is why we have never been able to produce an interesting atheist in America. The god most Americans say they believe in is just not interesting enough to deny. Thus the only kind of atheism that counts in America [...]


Tea with the Queen

by Richard on July 23, 2010

The President and Vice-President got to go.
And Nick Griffin didn’t.


Wrexham hit by flash floods

by Richard on July 21, 2010

BBC Wales reports briefly.
It did rain particularly hard. But the sun is shining now.


Market musings

by Richard on July 21, 2010

Lansbury’s Lido reacts to commodity market speculation in “I should cocoa”. I can only echo his “How long?”
It is extraordinary to me how The Market has come to be deified and presented as an objective reality which governs our economic life with the same inevitability that gravity governs the motions of the planet. The truth [...]


Twitter cartoon

by Richard on July 20, 2010

More gentle humour from Dave Walker


From the BBC
Greater regulation of the food market should be introduced by the government to stabilise food prices, according to an anti-poverty group.
A World Development Movement report said banks which caused the financial downturn created volatile food prices.
It said bankers poured money into commodities like wheat and maize after giving up on failed mortgages.
Banks have [...]


Sympathy wanted

by Richard on July 19, 2010

I slipped down some stone steps while walking the dog this morning. Seemed all right at the time, but I ache all over now.
I’m just saying…


Book review

by Richard on July 19, 2010

Kim Fabricius reviews The Writing on the Wall, the latest book from maggi dawn.
He likes it.



by Richard on July 18, 2010

Fat Prophet is angry about female genital mutilation.
This World Health Organization fact sheet is worth looking at if you need a refresher on the issues.


Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 18, 2010

Souls of men, why will ye scatter
like a crowd of frightened sheep?
Foolish hearts, why will ye wander
from a love so true and deep?
Was there ever kindest shepherd
half so gentle, half so sweet,
as the Saviour who would have us
come and gather round his feet?
It is God: his love looks mighty,
but is mightier than it seems:
’tis our [...]


Ice loss in Himalayas confirmed

by Richard on July 16, 2010

From the BBC:
“Photos taken by a mountaineer on Everest from the same spot where similar pictures were taken in 1921 have revealed an “alarming” ice loss.
The Asia Society (AS) arranged for the pictures to be taken in exactly the same place where British climber George Mallory took photos in 1921.
“The photographs reveal a startling truth: [...]

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PamBG rails against the Vatican
Apparently, on some Planet Ratzinger in a universe of parallel morality far far away, violating the stricture of Church tradition and ordaining women is equal in immorality to sexual abuse of a child. Wow, if that’s the case then we really had better get cracking and make sure that we pounce [...]


Jewish-Methodist dialogue

by Richard on July 15, 2010

In the Jewish Chronicle, Geoffrey Alderman welcomes the decision of the Board of Deputies to break off dialogue with the Methodist Church.
The breach with the Methodists is to be welcomed not simply because they have enthusiastically embraced a report on the Middle East that is a catalogue of lies and half-truths.
If that alone had been [...]


Rabelaisian rant for the day

by Kim on July 13, 2010

“… We would rather swim in the comfortable lukewarm bath of stupidity. It’s the democratic solution, if we are to believe Walter Pitkin, who puts the proportion of stupid people at 80 per cent of the population and, unhappily, goes on to point out that the 20 per cent who aren’t stupid stupidly underestimate [...]


Stanley Hauerwas on Greed

by Richard on July 12, 2010

Greed presumes and perpetuates a world of scarcity and want - a world in which there is never “enough.” But a world shaped by scarcity is a world that cannot trust that God has given all that we need.
Greed, in other words, prohibits faith. But the inverse is also true. For it is in the [...]