Tag Archives: big questions


When my youngest child was born, there was no internet. When I was born, hardly anyone we knew had a car. When my mother was born, people were cooking on solid fuel black-leaded ranges. My little grandchildren cannot imagine not … Continue reading

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The Pope is not Infallible. But preach on, brother!

I love Laudato si, his new cncyclical – letter- to the Catholic church and to the world. I took as long reading this as some of the books I blog about, and it has so much good stuff in it. … Continue reading

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Good Omens

Yes. What else could I pick up this week? There have been so many tributes, including one that will keep Pratchett’s name on Twitter/Clacks indefinitely that I am not adding to them here. Good Omens was one of the earliest … Continue reading

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Marcus Borg’s last book

Faith is a journey. Probably none of us believes exactly what we believed 20 or 30 or however many years ago. But further, faith is much more than a list of ideas or “beliefs.” One of our students in our … Continue reading

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“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”

In a month filled with news stories of people in The U.S denied Life and knowing of the proportion of the U.S population denied Liberty, I do wonder whether The Pursuit of Happiness should be granted the same level of … Continue reading

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Fields of Blood

We are a violent species. We are a compassionate species. News recently has covered cases of young unarmed black men killed by police. The wars/invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to further hatred and war. Why do we make … Continue reading

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“The Pity War Distilled”

Euripides’ Trojan Women was written the year after Athens sacked and andropodised Melos. (That means killing all the men and enslaving all the women and children.) Conquering armies do not usually write plays from the point of view of the … Continue reading

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