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Good Friday, The Longest Day

In the 1962 film The Longest Day about the Normandy Landings there is an, for the era, harrowing scene showing the disastrous airborne assault on Sainte-Mère Église. American paratroopers were killed in large numbers by well prepared German defenders. Later in the … Continue reading

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Beware of Darkness

Beware of darkness Watch out now, take care Beware of the thoughts that linger Winding up inside your head (George Harrison) There is a line in the Gospel which I’ve always found somewhat enigmatic “The eye is the lamp of … Continue reading

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Shangri La-sur-Loire

The chances are that you are reading this because you want to know what the odd title means. I will come to that presently but first I want to talk about cults. The word has acquired a sinister connotation in … Continue reading

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Lust, Decadence & Immorality

The poet Gregory Wood describes, in one of his poems, soldiers ending their day in ‘bleak debauchery.’ This rather startling turn of phrase describes rather neatly a great truth. It is only while it preserves the charm of novelty that … Continue reading

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Are Atheists More Moral Than Christians?

It is sometimes argued that since Christians do good and avoid evil out of, respectively, a desire for heaven and a fear of hell whereas atheists do good because it is good and avoid evil because it is evil therefore … Continue reading

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What is Religion for?

Organised religion is often used, and allows itself to be used, for a wide variety of purposes. It can be an instrument of social control, or rebellion, it can be a marker of community, ethnic or linguistic identity, it can … Continue reading

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