Tag Archives: economics

Are some people more trouble than they are worth?

Some of us cost a lot. The online journal article Childhood forecasting of a small segment of the population with large economic burden describes a recent study with results worth pondering. I spotted it through a summary in the Church … Continue reading

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Brexit unmasks moral failure

Friday’s Church Times contains some interesting articles about the Brexit situation. One is by Philip North , the Bishop of Burnley. It’s behind a paywall but here is the relevant bit: History suggests that, whenever there is economic uncertainty or … 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 economy and the humans

The economy is getting rather too uppity. I have written a number of blog posts on the economy, and I plan more over the next few weeks. This is a lot for someone with only limited training in economics. My … Continue reading

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The philosophy behind economics

In May I wrote a post Food Banks and Economic Myths . A few days ago David Kenny kindly wrote a substantial and spirited response, available if you scroll down to the comments here . I am posting a reply … Continue reading

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Ama Twirly?

This question is asked of bus drivers between 9.15 and 9.29 am. You have to be over 60 to ask it because you need the relevant bus pass. At 9.30 it is legally valid. At 9.29 the driver will probably … Continue reading

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Sacrifices then and now

In the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk archaeologists have found a tablet dating from the 3rd century BCE, listing the food to be given to the gods at the temple there. These gods were wooden statues. Unlike Egyptian statues which … Continue reading

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Priests and economics

At their New Year Festival the ancient Babylonians recited the Enuma Elish, their account of how the world was created. After some wars between the gods one of them, Marduk, gained supremacy. To consolidate his position he did something to … Continue reading

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Gift and gratitude

You are visiting relatives, and as you arrive you give the little girl a present: some crayons and drawing paper. She goes off to a table, too busy to offer the ‘thank you’ expected by her parents, and starts drawing. … Continue reading

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