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Holy books

I’d like to begin this with an acknowledgment of the role of women religious leaders, who have influenced much of the world’s population. They were powerful in many early cultures, … Continue reading

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Thursday, 20 April, 2017 · 2 Comments

The search for eternity

Holy Innocents Chapter 2 of the Gospel of St Matthew records what might be an old tale concerning Zarathustra. In the Persian empire Zarathustra had been a reforming religious figure, … Continue reading

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Sunday, 4 December, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fated attraction

We remember Oedipous thanks to Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), a psychoanalyst with a fixation on Greek myth who has disturbed us all, and made me self conscious just now of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 · 5 Comments

Thirty pieces of silver

One of the characters in the Gospels who fascinates me is Judas Iscariot. He’s got such an all or nothing at all role. Either his role was predetermined by god … Continue reading

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Friday, 16 September, 2016 · Leave a comment

The devil delusion

The most widespread religion in the world today is the fear of the devil. The supposedly monotheistic religion of Christianity fears him as Satan; the supposedly monotheistic religion of Islam … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 13 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gospel truth

In my copy of the gospels (The Five Gospels, translated by the Jesus Seminar, Macmillan, New York 1993) the translators make the curious admission that the story of Jesus does … Continue reading

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Saturday, 5 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dead Man’s Scroll

When a man of ancient Egypt died, it was then his adventures really began. Despite whatever hardships they had encountered in life, the Egyptians seem to have thought life was … Continue reading

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Sunday, 22 November, 2015 · Leave a comment