Category Archives: God

Why does it matter about God?

This post is about God. Not about whether God exists, or what God is like, but why it matters – if at all. Most church leaders these days agonise over the declining numbers who attend church services, so it might … Continue reading

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If you were an angel would you sing to a bunch of shepherds?

If anybody is to have a sneak preview of the saviour of the world, who should get it? According to Matthew, the preview was given to wise men from the East. According to Luke, it was given to a bunch … Continue reading

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Liberal theology and the Trinity

We at Modern Church sometimes get asked what our line is on a particular religious topic. Recently we have been asked about the Trinity. We usually avoid having a line on specific religious doctrines. The whole point of liberal theology … Continue reading

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Reclaiming church history for liberals

I’ve been reading Dominic Erdozain’s excellent The Soul of Doubt: The religious roots of unbelief from Luther to Marx. At last, a book that sets the record right. The way I was taught Christian history, and the way far too … Continue reading

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Suspect science and godless knowledge

Richard Grant’s article Why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public makes two good points about why people are often suspicious of scientists. I shall add a third, which to me is the important one. Grant … Continue reading

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Spirit and matter

My last blog post Spirituality and religion: what’s the difference? generated a number of responses. This is a continuation of the dialogue with the philosopher Paul Doran who posted comments on my blog page. Paul is the founder of Philosophy … Continue reading

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How do we identify ourselves?

Thomas Mair, the killer of Jo Cox, when asked in court to state his name, gave it as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain’. You couldn’t find a stronger way to identify yourself as British. In all the debates on … Continue reading

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Pentecost for everyone

Whoever you are, the forces running the world are on your side Parthians, Medes, Elamites… Cappadocia… the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene… If you have ever stood up in church to do the Bible reading on Pentecost, you will … Continue reading

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What would Meister Eckhart make of us today?

There was an excellent talk on Meister Eckhart at St Brides Liverpool this morning. The talk was given by Dr Duane Williams of Liverpool Hope University. We had time to ask questions, and after the service we carried on talking … Continue reading

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The example of Jesus

This is the last of four posts on whether Jesus died for our sins. There are three main theories. One is that he won a victory over the devil, along with paying a ransom. Another is that he offered himself … Continue reading

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