Friday, 25 August 2017

the unbearability of life

Sometimes life seems equally unbearable whether Christianity is true (because of the implications of accepting all its truths and teachings, unless you simply jettison those things which you find socially awkward or personally challenging, demanding or upsetting) or whether Christianity is not true (because, to adapt the line about democracy and government to express what I have often felt, Christianity is the worst possible explanation for everything apart from all the other possible explanations that have been tried, and if it's not true then life has no meaning, morality or purpose, we just silently agree to pretend that it does).

Not thinking about it too much seems to be the answer either way, and that's no answer.

I expect I'll feel better after a cup of tea.

Friday, 4 August 2017

pre-wedding advice

I've thought a few times recently about this thing I once said in an email nearly twenty years ago, and this evening I managed to unearth it, preserved in a document in a folder copied from computer to computer over the years.

people power at the imperial war museum

On Saturday 29th July Bethan and I went to a paying exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, People Power: Fighting For Peace. It was okay.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

peace and joy

Peace and joy are twin blessings of the gospel; as an old Scots preacher put it, 'peace is joy resting; joy is peace dancing'.
- FF Bruce on Romans 5, IVP Tyndale commentary (1963 edition)

I feel these things insufficiently, but this is a lovely way of putting it.