Gaia and the Planet Earth

Sep 17, 2019 by

Back in the 1970s, James Lovelock came up with a scientific theory about the planet, to which he gave the name The Gaia Theory. Little did he know how this would take off and be adopted in by ecologists and environmentalists to describe the nature of the biosphere as a living entity. Basically, his theory was that the biosphere behaves as if it is a living organism. It self-regulates and maintains a delicate balance that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. He named the idea after Gaia, the primordial goddess who personified the Earth in Greek mythology. If he’d called it the Lovelock Theory, it might have sunk without trace! Naming his theory after Gaia spoke directly into many religious traditions that see the earth as a living...

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Oneness and the Mystics

Dec 15, 2018 by

I recently spoke at the CANA day conference ‘We Are All One’ (Nov 3rd 2018) about the Oneness and the mystics, using quotes from all traditions down through the ages, to illustrate that the inter-relatedness and connectedness that the scientists are now telling us is the nature of the universe. This is also the universal spiritual teaching that has been said for millennia. Science and Spirit are beginning to say the same thing! Have a look!

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What is the Second Coming?

Nov 19, 2018 by

The Second Coming of the Christ   The Second Coming is probably the area of Christian doctrine that many people find the hardest to come to terms with. It seems too ‘out of this world’, too incredible to believe – and so it is if you take a literal view of it. The bible says a lot about it and there are several different ways of interpreting the biblical texts. Advent is the Latin word for ‘coming’, and it is often the theme of sermons during Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, but most churches tend to focus on the first Advent and avoid the pitfalls of the second! In Greek there are two words used the Parousia, this is the term is most often used in the NT, meaning “arrival”, “coming”, or...

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Creation, Science and Christianity...

Sep 27, 2017 by

There is a way of looking at God’s Creation which is consistent with both modern science and Christianity. I used to be a science teacher. At school, I was always wanting to know how things worked, so I studied the sciences, especially physics, because it asks just that question – how does it all work? And later, as I was teaching science, I became interested in Spirituality, and I wanted to know the answers to the same question – how does it all work? I have found over the years, that a lot of the standard theological answers just don’t cut it for me, or don’t hang together properly with the world as we know it now, and interestingly, I have turned back to science for some deeper thoughts. The book of Genesis gives...

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Darwin and Creation

Aug 22, 2017 by

In 1859, aged 50 yrs, Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book ‘Origin of the Species’. It’s central theory of natural selection caused a shock wave in the religious establishment at the time, especially those who took the biblical accounts of creation literally – they believed that the Genesis accounts describe exactly how the universe and human beings were created. In fact, in the 17th century Archbishop Ussher somehow calculated the exact time when God finally finished creation – 9am on Friday 23 October, 4004 BC. Most Christians regard these accounts as more like parables or symbolic accounts that tell (in story form) the profound truth that God brought the universe and all that is in it into being, and sustains his creation. That God holds everything in being, gives everything ‘beingness’, and we can...

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New Humanity

Jul 26, 2015 by

Don’t you wonder when this world will ever live in peace? Since the turn of the century, there have been wars in at least a dozen countries, from Africa to the middle east to the far east. When will it ever end? Or will it? Is it simply mankind’s nature to be antagonistic and create disagreement? Is the desire for power and control inescapable? If you look at the life of Jesus, the answer would be no, it’s not inescapable, because the desire for power and control comes from humanities lower egoic nature, and Jesus rose above that, he transcended it. Jesus gave up the need for power and control and surrendered himself to the situation. Jesus’ path was one of ‘kenosis’, or ‘self-emptying’. In Philippians 2, Paul first applies this word to Jesus,...

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