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Culture and Society Faith Philosophy

On Doubt

What is doubt? What are its good and bad points? Why is it such a big issue in faith circles anyway? There is so much to say that it is really hard to know where to start. However, I was a philosophy student first, so it is most natural for me to start there, with […]

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Spirituality Spirituality in the Ordinary

Fasting and Feasting

As Lent draws to an end, I have been thinking about fasting and feasting. Our culture finds fasting profoundly odd. It runs counter to the utilitarian way modern, liberal societies organise themselves. That is, we are encouraged to enjoy ourselves as much as is compatible with doing sensible, thrifty things like saving for the future, […]

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Cafechurch Culture and Society So You Want To Run A Cafechurch Spirituality in the Ordinary

The Ambivalence of Bivocationalism

I’ve come across a couple of articles on Bivocationalism recently and, as someone who has been a bivocationalist for a number of years now, pretty well acquainted with the good and bad of it, I though I might get my 5c worth in. First things first: What does this ugly word refer to? In my […]

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Suffering

Blog 1 Alister 0

Hi Everyone It has been a while since I last wrote here. I’m afraid I just haven’t had anything to say these last few weeks. I have gone to the river, cast my line, but no fishies. Perhaps they are all out at sea, spawning. I don’t know whether it’s the weather, or my problematic […]

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Cafechurch Christianity Faith Philosophy Religion Spirituality Spirituality in the Ordinary Suffering

Caféchurch, the Camino de Santiago, and Martin Buber

I’ve been struggling with finding some sort of way to write interestingly about my experience of being involved in Caféchurch. The problem it is unlike \anything else I have ever done. It is entirely all consuming, and has been amazingly rewarding and deeply costly – the most fun, and the most pain, I have ever […]

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Christianity Culture and Society Faith Philosophy Religion Uncategorized

Geoff Thompson on Progressive Christianity

I seem to be having a real problem writing my blog this week. Blame the heat, blame the lassitude which falls over the semi-employed, or blame the fact that I’m busy this week. Anyway, I came across an article by Geoff Thompson that might interest you. Geoff  teaches Systematic Theology at the Centre for Theology […]

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Apologia pro vita sua Christianity Culture and Society Faith Philosophy Religion Spirituality

Critical Realism and a Life of Faith

So if I want to be a critical realist about faith, what then does that entail? If critical Realism, as defined by N T Wright, is appropriate dialogue or conversation between the knower and the thing known (hence “critical”). (The New Testament and the People of God, p. 35), what does that slightly intimidating idea […]

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Apologia pro vita sua Cafechurch Christianity Culture and Society Philosophy

Polanyi, Newbigin, and the Idea of a Questing Church.

What does it mean to be a questing church? That idea can sound like saying that there are no truths, so that any and all beliefs are OK, spawning some sort of dull, relativist quagmire which has nothing much to offer its members, let alone anyone outside. It can feel a little as though the […]

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Apologia pro vita sua Cafechurch Christianity Faith Spirituality in the Ordinary

Aristotle, George Vaillant, and Cafechurch

It’s been a little while since I worked on my apologia pro vita sua thread – more than time to return to it. I had a bash at this article over the weekend, and ultimately didn’t like it much, which is why this is a bit later than usual – I’d rather be late with […]

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So You Want To Run A Cafechurch

Ask a Fresh Expressioneer a Question

It’s summer holidays here in Australia, so I’m going to take a break from telling my apologia pro vita sua, and talk about a new project I’m thinking of investing my summer in, in the absence of paid work over January, and the impossibility of doing anything about that fact while the entire world is […]