Fraser’s Thoughts

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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Transgendering is on the Increase

The number of people referred to gender identity services has increased six times in the last 10 years. Of course, medical referral rates are never an exact guide to the frequency with which issues arise in the general population, as people can be referred more frequently because it has become…

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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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Is Psychology in ‘Crisis’?

There is currently much talk about the ‘crisis’ in psychology, arising from the growing realisation that many psychological findings, published in scientific journals, are unreplicable. This bout of self-criticism by psychology is a good thing, and is already leading to better practice. However, those with a philosophical perspective on psychology…

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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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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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