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Daniel Blanche
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Where is God?
When terrible things happen, people ask 'where is God?' - and I find it helpful to take the question extremely literally.  What does the witness of Holy Scripture tell us about the whereabouts of God during a tragedy? 1.  God is in heaven. When we say that ...

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Theotokos
On the feast of the annunciation, I've been reflecting on the incarnation of the Son of God.  In their defence of the genuine divinity and humanity of Christ, the orthodox church fathers used the term Theotokos  to describe the virgin Mary - best translated...

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Holy love and holy fire
Whilst preparing to preach Leviticus 10 at CCC this past Sunday, I found Karl Barth's comments on the holiness of God particularly helpful.  Barth deals with God's attributes - or as he calls them, God's "perfections" - in the latter part of CD II/1.  He di...

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Which people? Whose will?
52% of the British people voted for Brexit, therefore the will of the British people is Brexit, therefore Brexit must happen. 62% of people in Scotland voted against Brexit, therefore the will of the Scottish people is to remain in the EU, therefore Scotlan...

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Cast me not away from your presence
We've just started preaching through Leviticus at CCC for Lent - last week: many sacrifices, much blood.  Some of the keenest vegetarians in the church were absent, I assume not deliberately. I take it that the whole of Leviticus is the answer to Exodus 33:...

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Taking ourselves seriously
I don't manage to read as much philosophy as I would like.  Yesterday I perused a few pages of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception , a book I've been reading on and off for a couple of years, and enjoyed it immensely.  It's mostly the continental ph...

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Contradicted
Whatever you think about the observance of Lent, it is helpful to have some occasion to remember that the good news of Jesus Christ leaves us standing contradicted.  I don't mean that we stand conflicted - though of course we do, each human being divided in...

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Forgiveness of sins
It's amazing the capacity we have to forget stuff, including for Christians the absolutely central stuff of our faith.  I don't mean that things are completely expunged from the memory.  I just mean those times when for a long stretch the stuff that we know...

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Why argue about sex?
This is a post for people who don't understand why Christians are always arguing about sexuality.  To be honest, we're not always arguing about it - I devote a fairly small amount of my time to arguing in general, only a small chunk of that to arguing with ...

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Epistemic attitudes
We recognise that our ability to know is entirely gift, and therefore approach the task of knowledge with gratitude.  That we have faculties directed toward knowing; that there is a world out there which can be known; that there is sufficient correspondence...
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