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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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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In the Wilderness

We are just starting Lent, and church services at this time of year remind us of Jesus in the wilderness. The wilderness is fascinating in all sorts of ways, though I must admit that my knowledge of wilderness is somewhat second-hand.  I caught something of the magic of the wilderness…

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Debates about exorcism

Debates about exorcism - Fraser Watts

There continues to be quite a lot of public interest in exorcism (or ‘deliverance’, as the Church of England prefers to call it). For several years I had a role in deliverance on behalf of the church, and so know something about it from the inside. One of the fascinating…

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