Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

A favourite short poem of mine was written during the Victorian era by William Ernest Henley. ‘Invictus’ is a classic blend of Stoicism, cultural and a biblical reference.  With respect to the latter, in the fourth stanza Henley alludes to Matthew 7:14, ‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto …

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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.

The Lady in No. 6 is one of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I’ve ever seen.  Yes, that sounds like hyperbole, but consider that this 2013 film won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.  The film is an exploration of Alice Herz-Sommer’s life.  At 109 years old, Herz-Sommer was at the time of …

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According to a University of Michigan study recently reported on by Rick Nauert at PsychCentral, our favourite social media sites function as powerful vehicles for self-promotion.  Researchers Elliot Panek, Yioryos Nardis and Sara Konrath explored the hypothesis that social media reflects and amplifies growing levels of narcissism within our wider culture. What did they find? …

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The word ‘psychopath’ strikes terror into the hearts of most of us.  We associate psychopathy with wildly deviant and criminal behaviour.  But are we correct to do so? Not necessarily claim the experts. Psychopathy is a personality disorder associated with shallow emotions, a lack of empathy/guilt, coldheartedness, egocentricity, superficial charm and manipulativeness, among a plethora of other traits. As such, it is …

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I never cease to be amazed at how persuasive cult leaders can be when it comes to manipulating vulnerable people in to believing, and adopting, their unique worldview and spiritual practices.  Today, there are no shortage of cult groupings who wreak havok with people’s lives, leaving many isolated from family and friends and wider society. …

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