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
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’
‘Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour’. Romans 13:7 This verse came into my mind as I watched the 2016 historical drama film ‘Denial’. Based on Holocaust Historian, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt’s book, entitled ‘History on Trial: My Day … More Combating Holocaust Denial
As a Logotherapist and Existential Analyst I’m often asked what my favourite Viktor Frankl quote is. Such a difficult question! There are so many profoundly moving and insightful words contained in his writings and now very firmly ensconced in his legacy. If I had to choose though, it would be a sentence I’ve clung onto … More ‘The Courage to Suffer….’
Ben Ferencz, who at the age of 97 is the last living Nuremberg Trials prosecutor, has issued a powerful reminder of the horrors of war, as reported in the Independent in the UK. He said this: “…the Nazi soldiers who committed atrocities were not “savages” but “intelligent, patriotic human being[s]”, and that war can make … More The Horrors of War….
The text from the Holocaust Memorial Service held in Cliftonville Moravian Church on 29/1/17: In our Old Testament lesson, the prophet Micah brings to the fore a community that has suffered much hardship, but has brought justice and mercy to the forefront of their thinking. Interestingly, there is a recognition that with such enormous injustice, … More Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: How Can Life Go On? Looking To Viktor Frankl
Friday past marked Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and the International Holocaust Memorial Day across the globe. Each year people come together, from across religious and cultural divides to remember the genocides that have scarred humanity deeply and irrevocably. Many moving commemorative events have taken place; some have been very public events, whilst others … More Holocaust Memorial Day & Mental Health
Viktor & I: An Alexander Vesely Film (2010) Screening on Thursday 26th January, 7.30pm @ The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Part of Holocaust Memorial Day Viktor & I is about famous Holocaust survivor, Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. Filmmaker Alexander Vesely travelled the world to document the personal and unique side … More Holocaust Memorial Day: A Unique Insight Into Prof. Viktor Frankl
For those of you who are interested, I’ve updated my Logotherapy & Existential Analysis website (www.scottpeddie.com). Logotherapy is a meaning-based approach to psychotherapy founded by the Psychiatrist & Holocaust Survivor, Prof. Viktor Frankl.
It don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here’s one I delivered today in All Souls Church in Elmwood Avenue, Belfast: Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl MEANING IN LIFE? In response to the question: ‘What is the most important lesson life has taught you?’, one of my favourite contemporary philosophers … More Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl