A Study in Courage and Fear

How much have we lost from the ancients? I wonder that a lot. After all, because I thoroughly reject the idea that humanity is on a never-ending, can’t-be-stopped rocket of social progress, it stands to reason that knowledge and beauty could easily have been lost over the millennia of slaughter and corruption. I’ve mentioned on…

If I … (thoughts on a hypocrisy lived)

If I ever disrespected, Or somehow neglected, Your glorious Name or calling. If I have broken a promise, Or shown I’m dishonest, Doing damage to Your reputation. If I have spoken too harshly, Displayed anger rashly, And brought You into disrepute. If I have judged unkindly, Using Your Name idly, Making others question Your love.…

Charlie Hebdo and Monty Python

While I was reading the news this morning, I couldn’t help but think about the old Monty Python sketch about Church Bells (I couldn’t find a good video of it, however the script is readily available online). In it an atheist – well, “lapsed atheist” – complains to his wife about the “sectarian turmoil” of…