Fraser’s Thoughts

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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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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Churches and Mental Health

I think that churches and other religious communities could do more to help people with minor mental health problems. Churches can probably make even more difference with mental though with physical health. The ‘walking worried’ (as one Psychiatrist I used to work with called them), are more numerous now than…

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Blog on Social Division

Divisions in society are sharper now than for some years, between young and old, left and right, poor and wealthy, immigrants and the indigenous population, leavers and remainers, nationalists and unionists etc.  The task of building social consensus seems enormously difficult. There are so many different opinions about everything, and…

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Hope, Politics and Religion

Successful elections are often those that inspire hope.  Hope generates enthusiasm, especially in the young. That was true of Barack Obama’s 2008 (‘Yes we can’) campaign  and Emanuel Macron’s extraordinarily successful campaign in France this year. Some campaigns that are not ultimately successful are also notable for the hope and…

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