Surrounded by Enigmas

About ten or fifteen years ago I had a sudden moment of enlightenment. Sitting in the staff room I was listening to someone giving a blow by blow account of all the terrible things which his (or possibly her) colleagues had done to him (or her.) As well as recounting what they had actually done... Continue Reading →

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Drug Fuelled Apocalypse

There is a school of thought which supposes that St John, the author of the Book of the Apocalypse (AKA the Book of Revelation) took hallucinogenic drugs prior to embarking upon his literary labours. The reasoning is something like this; St John reported visions while on the island of Patmos, some hallucinogenic plants grow on... Continue Reading →

1. The Journey Begins

A priest had been murdered. The killers shouted Allahu Akbar before cutting the old man's throat as he knelt by his altar. "The motive for the attack," intoned the newsreader with apparent sincerity "is not yet known." Étienne rubbed the tip of his nose with the palm of his hand, a characteristic gesture when he was... Continue Reading →

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 atheists are more moral than Christians. This is one of these arguments which is tremendously... Continue Reading →

Be Happy! Stop Enjoying Yourself

People in the West have probably never had more freedom to pursue pleasure than they do today. Alcohol is relatively cheap, prosecution for the use of recreational drugs is rare and sexual activity with any number of partners of any type is permitted in those places where it is not actively encouraged. Is the pursuit... Continue Reading →

Muhammad & the West

It is, perhaps, remarkable how frequently people overlook the blindingly obvious. One certain truth is that the perspective from the inside looking out is always different from that of the outside looking in. Yet in the narratives that Westerners and Muslims tell about each other this simple fact is often never considered. (Westerners is not... Continue Reading →

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