Sunday, 30 April 2017, 11:35 am PDT

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Two bogeymen to scare the children—'relativism' and its cousin 'nihilsim'

A ghost train on Midsummer Common, Cambridge taken this afternoon Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that over the years I have spent a great deal of time and energy trying to unde... [read more]

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"How not to be a chucklehead"—felicitously doing things with words in the interstitial places of our culture

Reading J. L. Austin this morning in bed Perhaps like many of you I have increasingly been finding the words of our politicians (in the form of their promises and statements) to be, at best confusi... [read more]

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Thinking about details and 'minute particulars'

A detail noticed yesterday in the back yard of the Unitarian Manse in Cambridge Click on the photo to enlarge it From ‘Jerusalem’ by William Blake   Labour well the Minute Particulars... [read more]

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A few photos of the Histon Road Cemetery and St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road

This morning I thought I’d wander up to St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road (going via the very interesting Histon Road Cemetery). I took a flask of tea and sat reading Tolstoy's Gospel... [read more]

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Everyone feels grief when cherry blossoms scatter

I took a gentle walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Monday to see the last of the spring blossom. It's always a bittersweet time of year but, as most of us know, life's deepes... [read more]

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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking & Democratic Decency—A brief address for the AGM

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)Today is our church's AGM and, consequently, it seems worth briefly articulating why I think it is worth supporting an unusual free-religious community such as this (ei... [read more]

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A brief thought on commitment in British (English?) liberal religious and politcal circles

The Cambridge Unitarian Church taken today from Christ's Pieces Tomorrow is the AGM of the Cambridge Unitarian Church where I am minister and at this time of year I often find myself thinking abou... [read more]

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Tulips and spring sunlight

Tulips and spring sunlight Taken with an i Phone 6+ and the Hipstamatic app(Click on the photo to enlarge it) [read more]

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Easter Sunday—Insurrection not Resurrection

READINGS: Mark 16:1-8 From: ‘An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics’ by Ward Blanton, Clayton Crockett, Jeffrey W. Robbins, and Noëlle Vahanian (Columbia Univers... [read more]

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An Insurrectionist Manifesto—Preparation, not for the resurrection, but for the insurrection of Easter Sunday

The extinguished candle on the communion table Every year on Good Friday evening we hold a service of communion (which you can read at this link). At the point Jesus breathes his last breath (on pa... [read more]

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Neoliberalism's destructive influence both inside and outside the modern Unitarian movement

Wendy Brown's recent book on neoliberalism On Wednesday morning at the annual general meetings of the British Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in Birmingham I presented a report on a Campus M... [read more]

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"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not."—Some photos of a walk across Grantchester Meandows

Today I took a walk along the River Cam, across Grantchester Meadows to Grantchester itself to have a drink in the Green Man and read some more of Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s “Religion... [read more]

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A Palm Sunday Meditation—The requirement to commit our lives in a certain direction.

Readings: Mark 11:1-11 From Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s “Religion of the Future” (Harvard University Press, 2014, pp. 58-59)A third characteristic of religion is that the imperative of life, r... [read more]

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Spring in the Botanic Garden and a note about Roberto Mangabiera Unger's remarkable book "The Religion of the Future".

I was tired this morning after the weekend's work and didn't feel up either to a long cycle ride or walk so, on this pearl of a spring day, I decided to walk over to the nearby Cambridge Universi... [read more]

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Words and Transgressions 2—The fallacy of Moliére's physician and the religion of the future

READINGS: Proverbs 10:19“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. ”A very brief précis of Moliére’s Le Médecin malgré lui.   From ... [read more]

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‘Empowered Creatress’ Venus—A religious naturalist Mothering Sunday meditation

Venus in the Cambridge Manse garden Opening Prayer from ‘Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times’ by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) (ed. Lawrence Klein, Cam... [read more]

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"In your well-marked footprints now I plant my resolute steps"—Lucretius—Spring blossom in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

I'm currently re-reading Lucretius' sublime poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura) and this afternoon I thought I would, like Lucretius, plant my own resolute steps in the... [read more]

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Words and Transgressions 1—Fallacy of the Alchemists

READINGS: Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. ”Potted biography of Maurice O'Connor Drury (1907–1976) constructed fro... [read more]

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Natura naturans—nature naturing on an overcast day in the Cambridge Univeristy Botanic Garden

It got to lunch-time and I knew simply had to clear my head if I was going to have any chance of getting Sunday's address finished so I took a swift walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic G... [read more]

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Early spring in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden in the company of Lucretius

Spring is definitely springing in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden where I spent a lovely lunchtime and early afternoon. For the first hour of my visit I enjoyed a flask of tea sitting in th... [read more]

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An early spring walk to Wandlebury and the River Granta

Today was as beautiful an early spring day as one is ever going to get and so I took the opportunity to cycle up to Wandlebury and then to walk along the Roman Road, down to the River Granta and St... [read more]

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And would it be so strange a thing, Among the rainy hills of Spring, A veritable god to see In luminous reality?

READINGS: Matthew 7:3-5 Venus enthroned from the De Rerum Natura Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour,... [read more]

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O glorious nature! Supremely fair and sovereignly good! All-loving and all-lovely, all-divine!—A few photos from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

This afternoon I took myself off to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden to engage in some prayerful, quiet acts of walking, sitting, contemplation, reflection and, of course, the taking of pho... [read more]

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On thirteen or more Blackbirds and Spinoza's God-or-Nature

A Blackbird bathes in the church garden READINGS: Review of The Poetry of Dasein: Martin Heidegger's Existential Phenomenology as an Interpretive Model for Wallace Stevens by Mark Price In hi... [read more]

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On Scott Strazzante, street photography, the Hipstamatic App and the Bucktown Hipstapak

Taken in Cambridge using the new Bucktown Hipstapak As regular readers of this blog will know I'm passionate about using the Hipstamatic app for the i Phone to take photos—three of which I inclu... [read more]

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