A Century

Things can creep up on you without your being aware of them, and only after putting up the last post did I realise that it was the hundredth on this site. This may be a good occasion to thank all of you who support it. Last month there were over two thousand pages views from the United States, one thousand from […]

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Rowan Williams for Cambridge

News that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will leave this office at the end of the year to become Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge prompts some reflections. Williams is an intellectual of amazing range and depth. His doctoral thesis on Vladimir Lossky, undertaken at a time when interest in Orthodox thought was in its very early stages in […]

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Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to all readers of this blog, and to those who will be observing the Nativity, on whatever date, a blessed celebration. ‘What shall we offer thee, O Christ, who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by thee offers thee thanks. The angels offer thee a hymn; the heavens, a star; the […]

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The Pleasures of winter

Even those of us who live in a part of the world where the native trees keep their leaves across the winter sometimes need cheering up on cold days, and to this end it’s a good idea to keep some stock. This can be made from the water in which vegetables, such as greens or brocolli, have been steamed, or that in […]

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Mary maligned?

A woman is said to have cried out to Christ ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!’ It’s the kind of sentimental piety we can all do without, and in his reply Christ points beyond it: ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’ (Luke 11:27f) Not surprisingly, […]

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