About this site

Theology, philosophy and ethics. I explain here what I try to do.

About me

Brought up in a Somerset vicarage by an anglo-catholic father and a Greek mother, I was the one out of three boys who followed into the ordained ministry. After graduating, in addition to theological training I spent a few years as a nurse and then a social worker before ordination at Manchester in June 1976.

The following month I married Marguerite, and since then she and the children have followed me clockwise round the Peak District and then off to Liverpool while I alternated between parish priest and university chaplain, also doing some part- time teaching in Ethics and Philosophy.

In 2002 I was diagnosed with ME (Chronic Fatigue) and took early retirement. Since then I have developed my research interests, chiefly in theology. Otherwise my main activities have been with Modern Church: General Secretary 2002-2013, Editor of its journal Modern Believing from 2013.

I contribute to the leadership of the services at St Bride’s Church, Liverpool.

I am a member of the Green Party.

When I can I attend Philosophy in Pubs.

Châtewpae503cd2_06au Clâteau

has had a previous existence. 30 years ago it was my home made wine and beer. This is me drinking it at a University Anglican Fellowship barbecue in 1988.

Sadly it is no longer drinkable. There are some who think it never was.



The châteauThe Old Vicarage, Publow, Bristoo

at the top of the page is the roof of the Old Vicarage, Publow, a few miles from Bristol. I spent my childhood in it. In those days vicarages were vicarages. Here’s a view of the front.


‘Worthy’ is a hamlet; ‘clat’ means one of two things. It may be a subdivision of a hundred, which is a subdivision of a shire. Or it may be a common weed.

In Somerset there is a Clatworthy village with a Clatworthy Reservoir and a Clatworthy nature trail; evidence below. The children are mine. From left to right: Joanna, Stephen & Rebecca.

Clatworthy family by Clatworthy road sign

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