Monthly Archives: January 2013

Surprised by Oxford -read in Hawaii!

Introibo ad altare Dei/ Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem deum. This memoir of conversion written by a Canadian, Carolyn Weber, about studying in Oxford and being drawn to Christianity during that year comes from such a different tradition (American Evangelicalism) … Continue reading

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Yesterday in Hawaii: A voyage through time.

We are currently in Maui, one of the islands in the chain that is Hawaii. Way out in the Pacific, the crests of volcanoes, the islands’ history seems almost volcanic to me. Many years ago I read Michener’s Hawaii, though … Continue reading

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Flying in the Face of Tradition: Can Roman Catholicism change?

This book is a must-read for any of my friends who are Roman Catholics, or troubled by the present state of the largest Christian denomination. Flying in the Face of Tradition is really defence of tradition, understood as one of … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas:

David Mitchell’s novel has apparently been made into a movie, which, I am told, was intriguing but less than obvious: I can now inform you that the novel, Cloud Atlas, is likewise intriguing, but the links between the people, the … Continue reading

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The Life of Pi.Yann Martel

I’m in a new place, and haven’t been to a library yet. So I picked up a book, The Life of Pi, in the spare bedroom at eldest daughter’s house -(I only stay with people who keep well-stocked bookcases)- as … Continue reading

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When Science meets Religion. Ian Barbour

In Abingdon, England, our “home” church was built about 50 years ago when the science facilities outside Oxford were expanding rapidly: Rutherford-Appleton lab, Harwell, Milton Park, more recently Diamond Light source. Therefore many of the families include scientists and their … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings: J.R.R.Tolkien

Back in 1966 or ’67, one of my High School students, in London, told me about this really fun book she was reading. I forget how I got my hands on the book, or, rather, three books, but I remember … Continue reading

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