This week is a week of speeches. Yesterday I was not only at the General Assembly but speaking at the Scottish Parliament – to their Freedom of Religion Committee on the subject of The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland. Here is the speech. The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland Religious freedom is the bedrock of all other freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of … Continue reading The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland – and a Response from the Humanist Society.
This week’s Quantum marks a change in how we do things. We will continue to look at what is going on in the world; the good, the bad and the ugly – but there is a danger that just pointing things out can leave one with a sense of despair and turn into a kind of rant about how we are all doomed! I don’t … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen
We live in strange and momentous times. An extraordinary opinion poll this past weekend showed The Brexit Party gaining more votes than the conservatives and Labour combined. And this was not an outlier. Why is this happening? There is a genuine upset and anger of the politicians to deliver what they promised. They promised that our votes would matter and that the results of the referendum would … Continue reading The Brexit Party and the EU elections
This weeks Quantum (click the link above) welcomes Prince Archie and constrasts the joy of new birth with the horror of those who exult and boast in abortion. The Western world seems to be finally waking up to the extent of persecution of Christians – but is reluctant to see the elephant in the room – that the majority of persecution of Christians occurs in Islamic … Continue reading Quantum 41 – Archie; Abortion; Persecuting Christians; Asia Bibi; Folau; FB Bans; Extinction; Rachel Held-Evans; Trans; Israel in Germany; Brian Soutar; Champions League; Gafcon Quantum 41 –
(Photo: A Perry) Is Britain about to break up? The argument is being made more frequently by the commentariat in London and Manchester – especially those who are opposed to Brexit. ‘Look’ they say, “Brexit will mean the break up of Britain” and this, along with the other apocalyptic predictions ‘planes will stop flying, the NHS will collapse, the end of civilization as we know … Continue reading Is Britain Breaking Up?
This is a paper I presented to a conference of academics in Cromarty celebrating the work of Hugh Miller. Miller is one of Scotland’s unsung great historical heroes. I was reminded of this when listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech last week – which contained a short section on Scottish history that was more interesting for what it missed out rather than what it said. … Continue reading Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical
This week’s Quantum covers some big issues. The Internet is now dividing into blocs based on different world views. The Japanese have a new emperor. Also in Asia there is an extraordinary story about deaths in the election. The madness of transgenderism and the destruction of women’s sports continues with a BBC journalist speaking of those women who were ‘assigned’ as male at birth! This results in … Continue reading Quantum 40 – The Splinternet; Japanese Emperor; Born as a Man; Indonesia; Arthur Miller; Greta; China; Obesity; Brexit and Africa; Spain; Californian Shooting; Quantas
I found Nicola Sturgeons’ speech to the SNP entertaining, revealing, informative, frustrating, cringeworthy and depressing. I suspect that the way people react to this speech are similar to the way the react to Nicola – they either love or hate her. To her fans this was a brilliant speech showing the fantastic vision and leadership that she provides. To her detractors this was more of … Continue reading Scotland’s Future – The Hope, History, Hubris, Humiliation and Hypocrisy of Nicola Sturgeon
I have the enormous privilege of ministering to a number of medical and nursing students, as well as doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals. Without the NHS a good percentage of the St Peters congregation would not be employed! All of us have an interest in the health service and those who serve us in that. But is there a specifically Christian … Continue reading The Christian Heart of Modern Medicine
Book – Pensees – Pascal – 9/10 What can one say about this classic book? This is so good I am tempted to learn French just to read the author in his original language! For those who don’t know this is a collection of philosophical fragments, note and essays. It is personal and deep and profoundly biblical and Christian – although very grounded in the … Continue reading Saturday Review 13 ; Pascal; Nine Marks of a Healthy Church; Romans 12; Nick Robinson; Love Over Gold; The Flame Tree Cafe