What Jesus Accomplished

In my last blog I took a modest line about claims for the divinity of Jesus. In this blog I turn to what Jesus accomplished, and here I take a stronger line. In both cases I believe I am following the New Testament, which is much stronger about the ‘work’…

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Was Jesus God?

The claim made by Christians that Jesus was God has become problematic for many people, and deters many people who might otherwise think of themselves as Christians. I think Christians have become over-dogmatic about what Christians have to believe about Jesus, in a way that has become an obstacle to…

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Why Religion is Good for your Health?

Religious people tend to be healthier than non-religious people, and live longer. The evidence for that is beyond dispute, though it is only a trend, and there can be exceptions. In this blog I want to explore why religious people are healthier. It is tempting to assume that religion actually…

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Photosynthesis and the Death of Jesus

Christians have always believed that the death of Jesus had far-reaching consequences, and have tried various ways of explaining how that was achieved. Modern science provides a rich sources of ideas that can be used alongside more traditional theories. I want to suggest here that photosynthesis provides a helpful metaphor…

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Trends in Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

On Palm Sunday the BBC news included results from an interesting new survey of religious attitudes and beliefs, analysed by Professor David Voas. There are several very interesting aspects of the findings. One is that there seems to be a growing divergence between spiritual and religious beliefs. Over 20% of…

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What Kind of Christian?

Christians are vastly different from one another. That is one of the issues I had to grapple with in my latest book, Psychology, Religion and Spirituality (published this month by Cambridge University Press). You can’t just lump different kinds of Christians together, because the data is then so ‘noisy’ that…

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