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Walking in the way of holiness

I was listening to a programme on the BBC World Service the other day about how modern life is changing our feet. Among other things, they pointed out that, through much of human history, most of us walked with bare feet on rough, uneven ground.

by Dr Murdo Macdonald

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A Time to Weep

I was interested to note recent reports that scientists have managed to grow human tear ducts in the lab- and not only that, but have induced them to cry! (I’m sure it’s the first time that science has caused tears- nor will it be the last)

by Dr Murdo Macdonald

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Dare mighty things

Many of you, like me, would have been transfixed a couple of weeks ago, as the latest Mars rover made its terrifying descent to the surface of the red planet — and the amazing technology which meant that we were able to watch it all live streamed on the NASA website…

by Dr Murdo Macdonald

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The Challenge of 2021

It is the beginning of 2021 a number that sounds futuristic! Well it does to me, as someone who can remember the news flash on the TV of President Kennedy being assassinated in 1963! Before writing this I re-read my blog post from the beginning of last year entitled “The Drama of 2020.” Little did I realise that a Global Pandemic was only two months away…

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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A Terrible Beauty is Born

Is it just me or has Andrew Marr become the king of the prophets of doom? Witness the scene. Easter Sunday morning, 9am. With his accustomed confidence in asserting the issue of the day, emphasised by that downward thrust of the right hand, Marr lays into the words “the grim, grim situation that we face.” They resound like gun fire. ‘Grim ‘ is bad enough without the double dose. Not a flicker of hope or optimism in the despair-filled cloud of Marr’s determination to make us feel as bad as possible.

What it is to be without hope!

by Iain Morris

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Faith: Radar in the Fog

I confess to being a bit of a rationalist. I love apologetic arguments for the Christian faith. I’m attracted to philosophical debate although I’m not that sophisticated in engaging in it myself and, lastly, I have had a lifelong interest in the interface of science and religion. Yet I live in a culture which seems to have rejected its Christian roots and foundation…

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Drama of 2020

Well we are into a New Year and its designation sounds like something from a science-fiction movie. Of course 2020 vision is being able to see with clarity and precision (although I need to go to Specsavers soon!) so the question is will human beings manage that this coming year, given the challenges we face globally, nationally and even personally?

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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Darwin and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Deism is alive and well. It exists in the Church, amongst members of the public, and is still to be found in intellectual circles. I have lost count of the number of conversations I have had with people, some of whom are religious and some who are not, where the idea of God that they ascribed to was very definitely the God of Deism.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Believing Brain

Linked here is a review of Shermer’s popular book “The Believing Brain” by Eugene A Curry. It is excellent: everything one would hope for in a critical review. It is fair, balanced, informative and penetrating in its analysis.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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The Battle for the Truth

In a recent article in the Spectator (31st March) entitled the “Democracy Delusion,” Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, raise many important and disturbing issues. Focussing on the work of Andres Sepulveda one of the world’s most infamous election-rigging specialists, the article demonstrates very clearly the challenge that democracy faces in our contemporary world through manipulation of the digital revolution.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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Theology In the Public Square

It was interesting and exciting to hear Tom Wright interviewed on a Spectator Podcast recently regarding his latest book - Paul: A Biography and for a review of that book to appear in the latest edition of the Spectator magazine (24th of March). The review is very good and the podcast superb (a link to it is found below). Wright comes across very well indeed. He sounds personable, erudite, passionate and persuasive…everything we would want in a public intellectual, especially with regards to the Christian faith.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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Return to the Creed

Another book I would recommend as essential reading for the contemporary Church in the project of renewing Jerusalem in the 21st Century is “The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters” by the Roman Catholic scholar Luke Timothy Johnson. He argues that for Modernity, it is the Christian Creed that most offends the “Cultured Despisers” of our age.

by Rev Dr Russel Moffat

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