Time to act

Time to act

What an extraordinary year it has been… This strange world we’ve experienced over the last twelve months has generated some new words: ‘iso’ (isolate), ‘Covidiot’ (self-explanatory) and ‘hanitiser’ (a child’s rendition of ‘hand sanitiser’). It’s also laid down some deep markers and divisions, which inevitably divide humanity into two...

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Love your evil

Love your evil

The command to love your neighbour, often called the Golden Rule, is found in nearly every religion and ethical system. Christianity received it from Judaism: ‘You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.’  (Lev. 19:18) The command comes...

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In the beginning

In the beginning

I am more and more fascinated by the book of Genesis, and I have just found a guide that has added much to that allure. It’s Karen Armstrong’s book, ‘In the beginning,’ which was published 25 years ago. It is less well-known than many of her other works, but for me, it’s her best. It

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A strange time…

A strange time…

Each year, as Easter approaches, I am pulled across an intangible threshold into a different sense of time. It is dense and multi-layered. It’s like entering into a cocoon, but not so much safe and warm as removed a little from the everyday. I meander back 2,000 years to Jerusalem and see myself next to

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