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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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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