Book Review: Dominion

Every now & then I get bogged down in my reading, too many theological tomes and sooner or later the river of reading runs dry. It’s at those points that I pick up a fiction book to get things flowing again. Having read several of CJ Sansom’s medieval mysteries I knew he was a good writer and I knew he could convey history well, so I had some confidence in choosing Dominion. Set in 1950s London it’s a pacey thriller with all the right elements to keep the pages turning.…

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Odd allies

One of the interesting things that is happening in today’s religious landscape are the various odd-looking alliances that take place. One I wasn’t expecting was with an atheist over Biblical exegesis. In her interview with Francesca Stavrakopoulou who is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the¬†University of Exeter, Vicky Beeching asks her, ‘Is there any way of being a feminist and following one of the Abrahamic faiths?’ The professors response is fascinating: “The only way devotees of these religions can serve the cause for equality is by renouncing…

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What's happened to this blog?

Over the past year or so the frequency of my writing has seen a pretty severe drop-off. I’d been aware of it for some time but reading my friend Jon’s thoughts on his own blog made me aware that the same had happened here. I’m not sure if anyone but me is all that bothered about that or even noticed but for anyone who is bothered or has noticed, here’s a few reasons as to why: I’m learning a new language: I don’t think I’d appreciated how mentally tiring learning…

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A Timeline of Christianity

Once again I’ve been sent an interesting infographic. This one is a little mixed; I’m not sure how you put theological differences into percentages and I wouldn’t include Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons in the category of Christian per se. The one fact I did find interesting was the percentages of believers in different parts of the world. Interestingly I would discard the numbers for Europe – clearly not that high but regard the numbers for the Middle East as much more convincing and persuasive. It further demonstrates that the centre…

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