Here is the text of my sermon from today’s service at Cliftonville Moravian Church: Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope! On Wednesday evening, I was teaching dream analysis in Glengormley to a group of therapists and other interested individuals. Here, in our church, I have spoken briefly about dreams as they occur in the Biblical … More Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope!
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, … More The Essence of Love
‘The world isn’t being changed as effectively as it should be because many of us are forgetting to study the tips that can usefully be drawn from religion. We should use the history of religion to inform us about the role of repetition, ritual and beauty in the name of changing how things are’. So … More How to Change the World: Some Thoughts from a Philosopher
In this film one encounters a man who lived life to the full, and crucially, lived out his own philosophy. He understood the import of Socrates’ maxim: ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. Also, like Socrates, Frankl understood what it is to be human and to experience the panopoly of emotions; he experienced the … More Film Review: Viktor Frankl & I
Stoic philosophy, with its roots in Greek culture and developed before Jesus Christ was born, has a surprising affinity with Christianity. That it was regarded ostensibly as a pagan philosophy by the Early Church Fathers does not detract from the areas of overlap. For example, terms such as logos, Spirit, and conscience make their presence felt … More Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?
I first watched Astra Taylor’s brilliant film ‘Examined Life‘ a year or so ago. I was initially drawn to it as it contained a segment by the mercurial philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek. I had of course heard of Cornel West, the American philosopher, academic, activist, author, but had not read any of his publications. I say that Examined Life … More Philosophy On The Streets: The Vision Of Cornel West
‘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 … More Embracing Oneness: Tutu & Ubuntu
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” So said Mohandas Gandhi. But the question still remains: how do you deal with a bully without resorting to violence and becoming a thug? In a superb TEDtalk, peace activist Dr. Scilla Elworthy … More Waging Non-Violence
A few words of wisdom from Henry David Thoreau which remind us that we can, and should, all be philosophers: To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, … More Living Philosophy
The Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Prof. Slavoj Žižek answers this question in this short ‘big think’ clip: “Do you think science has replaced philosophy in discovering the bigger questions of life?” Typically forthright, Žižek answers in the negative, claiming that philosophy is not dying, rather we need it more now than ever. And he is … More The Death of Philosophy?