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Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history

Not sure this article says anything that endears our new PM to me (or the Anglican church for that matter). The prime minister apparently shares the classical belief in omens and portents, along with a Homeric sense that great heroes should be free to act out their passions and break free from moral constraints. All that may sound like an utter contradiction with the conventional forms of Christianity that marked Mr Johnson’s upbringing and education. But that contradiction is hardly unique to Mr Johnson. It pervades the entire cultural tradition…

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Brexit anxiety begins to bite

The morning of 24th June 2016, if I remember rightly, came as something of a shock. As I watched David Cameron, then Prime Minister resign, I struggled to come to terms with what had just happened. I’ll turn 44 this month and I’ve lived my whole life as a citizen, not just of the UK, but of Europe. And now that’s about to change (probably). As a teenager I’d left my council estate and made my way to university. I took day trips to Paris & Amsterdam. I studied on…

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Book Review: Feral

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had a lot of money to spare? If you were Bill Gates rich for example. I’m sure you have, I have. One of things I have long decided I would do would be to buy as much of the British countryside as possible and plant trees. If I could I’d plant a massive forest that would one day have ancient oaks and yews. With the trees would come wildness, and space for animals that have long since disappeared from the…

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Holiday

Today I am going on holiday for a week to the lovely county of Kent. I’m looking forward to visiting Dover Castle, reading, resting, playing games with my family, time with my wife and son. I shall return on the 27th after having run the London marathon on the 25th. However, I’ve blogged a bit and scheduled some posts so there should be some things to read over the next 7 or 8 days. If you’re so inclined, do please pray for us as a family for a great rest…

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Church 

Dead Brits and Living Americans

This is something that I’ve wondered about for a while in a “I should be thinking about something else” kind of way. It seems to me that American Christians and pastors are fascinated by dead British Christians while British Christians/pastors are fascinated by American pastors. What’s with that? I read this morning that Josh Harris is a fan of JC Ryle, which in itself is hardly something to get upset about but it did spark this mini-rant. Good for Josh, Ryle is a worthy hero of the faith. But it…

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