A Broad & Humble Mind

One of the most frustrating facets of ‘Cultural Christianity’, where there is a remnant of belief and a minimal adherence at best, is that it often leads people to become intellectually incurious.  In such an environment doctrines and dogmas go unchallenged, and key tenets of the faith are accepted without question and go unexamined. I … More A Broad & Humble Mind

Re-framing Doubt: The Stuff of Faith & Spiritual Growth?

This is the text of my sermon preached today in Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast: When I was training to be a scientist, and later when I worked in that field professionally, it was very common for co-workers to get together and discuss their latest results from any experiments that had been done.  A very common … More Re-framing Doubt: The Stuff of Faith & Spiritual Growth?

Looking Beyond Flaws, Failings & Brokenness: The Beauty of the Christian Message

This is the text of a short reflection I delivered today at Cliftonville Moravian Church in North Belfast: As we grow in years and experience of life it becomes evident, rather quickly, that life is complex; people are complex.  Often what we see on the surface belies a much deeper level of complexity – very … More Looking Beyond Flaws, Failings & Brokenness: The Beauty of the Christian Message

Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from 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

Existential Analysis: Faith Makes A Difference

Viktor Frankl, founder of the third Viennese School of Psychotherapy – Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – makes a very important point about the meaningfulness in life and how a person of faith experiences life in a different dimension.  It is this dimension that augments a person’s understanding of life as a task (or series of … More Existential Analysis: Faith Makes A Difference

Iran, Faith & Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Much media attention lately has focused on the difficult negotiations between the Iranian Government and representatives of what is commonly called the ‘P5 + 1’ (which consists of France, Germany, UK, USA, China and Russia). An atmosphere of distrust typically permeates such meetings, although recently this has abated somewhat. What many people are not aware … More Iran, Faith & Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Retired Bishop Richard Holloway On Faith, Doubt And Christian Agnosticism

A bishop who once famously threw his mitre in the River Thames, I have long been fascinated by the former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh turned agnostic, Richard Holloway. A post-dogmatic liberal, Holloway is still very much impassioned by the figure of Jesus, but rejects the institutional church and its outdated certainties and failure to fully … More Retired Bishop Richard Holloway On Faith, Doubt And Christian Agnosticism