Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

This is the text of my New Year sermon, shared today at Cliftonville Moravian Church in Belfast: Moving into 2017: Recognizing the Value of All Human Life Last night, and in to the wee small hours, and across the globe, the words of one of Robert Burns’ most famous song – Auld Lang Syne – …

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‘I am because we are; we are all one‘ says Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he describes the essence of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. In his 1999 book No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu gives a fuller explanation of the Ubuntu concept: ‘A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not …

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According to neuroscientist Dr Kent Kiehl of the University of New Mexico, detailed brain scanning proves that psychopaths lack empathy; their impaired emotional processing should therefore be viewed in much the same way as a lack intellectual ability is viewed – i.e. genetically determined, but also influenced by environmental factors. As a result of Dr. …

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