Christianity Expanding

Apr 28, 2020 by

Following on from ‘Blue Sky God: The Evolution of Science and Christianity”, I’ve written a new book, “Christianity Expanding: Into Universal Spirituality”. It is the first in a series and will be published in October 2020. Here’s an extract from chapter 1. Why Should Christianity Change? I started on a Christian path in 1983, in what I then thought of as a conversion experience, but now would call an awakening to love. I was involved with a large charismatic evangelical church in Leicester, with some lovely people, and I remember the first service I went to there, on Easter Sunday 1983. There was a lot of standing up and sitting down, reciting strange words and singing hymns, and it all struck me as rather weird. I hadn’t been to church since I was nine,...

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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! https://youtu.be/pAXyQxJvfF4...

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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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