Beyond Death

About 12 years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I thought that, with surgery, I would probably live. However, there was always the possibility that it had spread further than the doctors realised. In fact, I had to have more surgery a year after the first operation, but I…

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Virus Blog 2

The book of Genesis tells of Joseph’s prophecy that seven years of plenty would be followed by seven years of famine. But, for us, even a few weeks of relative deprivation (or at least having trouble buying toilet rolls and baked beans) comes very hard after 70 good years.  This…

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Coping with Coronavirus: 1

There is much to come to terms with in these strange and difficult times in: the risk of illness, shortage of food (even if that proves to be only temporary), loss of work and money, loneliness, helplessness, and fear of death. This is not life as we have known it…

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Rethinking Biology

In an academic career spanning almost 50 years I have produced a lot of books, but it is always a pleasure when a new one arrives in the post. The latest is edited with my friends and colleagues Michael Reiss and Harris Wiseman, and is on Rethinking Biology, published by World Scientific….

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Halloween and Christians

Halloween raises very interesting issues.  There are historical debates about where Halloween comes from. Many think that it originated in a pagan ritual, which was then converted into the Feast of all Saints and the associated Commemoration of the Departed. However, not everyone agrees with that historical narrative. More recently, Halloween…

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Ways of relating to Jesus Christ

The churches have a curious relationship with Jesus. I want to explore here the four main ways in which people relate to Jesus. One initial thing to notice is that some people talk about ‘Jesus’, and others talk about ‘Christ’. On the whole evangelicals are for Jesus, Catholics are for…

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The Role of Church in Society

I would like to belong to a church that is trying to make a real difference to society, but I can’t find it. The present Church of England, like most mainline denominations, does not seem to be even trying to do that. It is not easy to put your finger…

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The New Politics

We seem to be moving into a new politics. For decades, politics has been dominated by the debate between left and right. Now there is a new debate between populist nationalism and liberal international. That was seen very clearly in the French Presidential elections in which both centre-left and centre-right…

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