I came across a shocking statistic the other day. It was part of an article published at the beginning of the year in ‘Psychology Today’ and was written by the US psychologist Ana Nogales. And the statistic is this: ‘When a child becomes a legal adult, they will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts … More Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment
This is the text of a sermon delivered at Cliftonville Moravian Church (www.cliftonvillemoravian.org) on 1st July 2018: One of the recurring motifs in the biblical narrative is that of redemption. There are three words for ‘redemption’ that we come across in the Bible. In the Old Testament Hebrew, there is one word, and two in … More Reflecting on Redemption: The Doctor & A Complicated Life
Christianity, whether lived out in the monastery, in the street or in the workplace, is a protest against the status quo and its injustices and violence. Here Thomas Merton makes this point cogently and passionately: “It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war … More Thomas Merton: Christian Life As A Protest.
Despite our differences and denominational affiliations, it is possible, and indeed essential, that we live together in unity of purpose and faith. That said, this is no easy task. Here is a reflection I offered today at Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, on this very topic. You can listen to it here; the text is reproduced … More Listening To The Apostle Paul: The Necessity Of Unity
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we … More Thomas Merton: The Core Of Our Reality
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently announced that they have moved the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 Seconds, to 2 minutes to midnight (the symbolic point of global annihilation); this is the closest to midnight recorded since 1953, the height of the Cold War. At the Doomsday Clock announcement at the National Press Club in … More Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Christianity & A Call to Action.
This quote and insight from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr still resonates today with the threat of a new arms race on the horizon: “Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man’s creative genius … More From Power To Peace
The perversion of medical ethics that characterised the Third Reich is painful to comprehend in both its scope and form. From initially murdering children with disabilities, participating doctors and nurses moved on to the involuntary euthanisation of adults with mental illnesses and learning disabilities. Although generally selected by physicians, the actual killings were normally carried … More ‘The Killing Nurses of the Third Reich’
Carl Jung was a fascinating, engaging and pioneering Psychiatrist who had an in-depth knowledge of theology, anthropology, philosophy, archaeology and mythology; he was a unique polymath and very much ahead of his time. Jung’s ‘Analytical Psychology’ has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact in various fields of human endeavour. Jung was interviewed in … More ‘Man Cannot Stand A Meaningless Life’
It often strikes me just how convoluted we make our Christian faith appear, when in reality, at its core, it is relatively straightforward. Granted, the Disciples often misunderstood Jesus and struggled with the countercultural essence of his narrative; and so do we. But in essence, Jesus’ message was clear, especially when we consider the pragmatism … More ‘When I Needed A Neighbour?’