It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my writing; it’s the end of the month almost so it seems a reasonable time to update you.Continue reading “Writing update”
Jesus: First Century Rabbi
Rabbi David Zaslow, Joseph A. Lieberman
And I forgot to put the recycling boxes out again.
I think I might go back to sleep.
Last week, Pope Francis’ much-anticipated environmental encyclical was published. As was expected, the Pope acknowledged the “human origins of the ecological crisis” (¶ 101), specifically that global warming is mostly due to the concentration of greenhouse gases which are released “mainly” as a result of human activity (¶ 23). And he called for the progressive replacement “without delay” of technologies that use fossil fuels. (¶ 165)
The Pope and small-p “paganism”
Image courtesy of the Scottish Skeptic
Even before Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical was published, critics were calling the Pope a “pagan”. This isn’t all that surprising given how the religious right has always accused environmentalists of “paganism”. And indeed there are some similarities between the Pope’s statement and contemporary Pagan discourse. For example, in the encyclical, the Pope personifies the earth, calling the the earth “Sister” (¶¶ 1, 2, 53) and “Mother” (¶¶ 1, 92). However, this language is drawn from…
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I started writing this first thing this morning but anxiety got in the way of concentration. I did some reading – nothing serious – and some sewing instead. Continue reading “The South Lincolnshire Regiment at Waterloo”
One of the manifesto policies of the Greens at the last election was that they would lower the voting age to 16. Now that we have a potential EU Referendum coming up they have asked for support in a vote to get the vote extended to 16 and 17 year old for this particular matter.
I got an email the other day from the Green Party – I’m a registered supporter but not a member – about lowering the voting age for the possible EU Membership Referendum in the next couple of years to 16. I will be writing about that another day, but for today I want to write about the EU.
Yesterday it was the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. In Lincoln a giant effigy of King John was carried to the castle. Today, however there is another anniversary.
Continue reading “From one anniversary to the next”
800 years ago today at Runnymede King John and his barons made an agreement that is the foundation of our current freedoms.
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