Extremist = bad Fundamentalist = bad Moderate = good These three things are held true by most people when it comes to religion. The extremist kills, the fundamentalist hates and the moderate is nice and warm and fluffy. So, why do I want to be an extremist? Why do I want to be a fundamentalist? … Continue reading Why I want to be an extremist and a fundamentalist
This is one of those weeks which I knew I was getting myself into when I applied to be a Reader in Training for the Church of Scotland. I have an assignment due in by the end of this week (only 500 words and, in a rare moment of organisation and good time management, I … Continue reading We all need a rest
To err is human, to forgive is divine. The old saying is as true as they come. Screwing up is the easiest thing in the world, some of us are naturals at it. Forgiving, however, is nigh on impossible at times. Especially if the person you need to forgive is yourself. The issue of … Continue reading Can everybody be forgiven?
Yesterday, the above cartoon was published in Britain's voice of reason and compassion*, the Daily Mail. (*sarcasm overload) It upset many, many people, something I guess they'd actually be quite happy about as it means more publicity for their brand of hate. Publicity which, yes, I am granting them more of now (albeit only … Continue reading The gates are open
It's one of those New Testament stories which many people who aren't particularly familiar with the Bible know. Acts 9 tells us how Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee who had been zealously persecuting the Followers of The Way (soon to be called Christians), was travelling to Damascus when he was blinded by a bright … Continue reading People are people
I work in pensions...No, don't go yet! Please!Thanks. Now, as I was saying, I work in pensions. Specifically, I work in the new business department of a wealth management company which processes new pension applications. In the UK it is currently the end of the tax year and, as a result, my place of work … Continue reading It’s Friday…
I have recently been asked to explain who I am voting for in the UK general election in May and why, particularly within the context of my Christian faith. It was an interesting excercise to undertake, especially following a tweet I saw recently bemoaning how some Christians appear to talk more passionately about their political … Continue reading Reconciling faith and politics