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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Is Prayer Recoverable?

‘Prayer’ currently doesn’t have a very good press. The majority of church goers probably don’t bother with it, though they accept it is something they are supposed to do. For the increasing number of people who are more spiritual than religious, prayer is seen as boring and irrelevant. Prayer is…

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Psychology and Spirituality: A House Divided

The relationship between psychology and spirituality is divided within itself. On the one hand there is the psychology of religion, which has recently broadened to become ‘the psychology of religion and spirituality’. On the other hand there is ‘transpersonal psychology’, which largely eschews religion and often seeks to integrate psychology…

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Psychosis and Spirituality

Many people have been impressed by the similarity between psychosis and spirituality. Some strange psychotic beliefs are explicitly religious, but there is also a more general similarity in the quality of thinking found in psychotic people and at least some religious people. They seem to have things in common that…

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Global Neighbourliness

Fraser Watts writes about Global Neighbourliness. There has been much talk about the recent lurch to populist right-wing politics being a response to ‘globalisation’. We live in a ‘global village’ in which there is increasingly free movement of money, goods, people and information. That poses challenges, because one part of…

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