Theological Thoughts One of the oddities of 21st Century society in the West is that within, between, and outside religious communities, differences of belief are described as differences of opinion. This point cannot be stressed enough: religious belief is not the same as opinion. There are some people who confuse their opinions with religious belief … Continue reading How to Invent a Religion: Part 3
Eschatological Escapades Eschatology is the theology of endings, the counterpart to ætiology. Eschatologies are as varied as ætiologies, and just as important for shaping religious practice. Norse mythology's final battle at Ragnarök, the Buddhist prophecy of Maitreya revealing to a once-more-benighted world the concept of dharma, the theme of a time of judgement shared by … Continue reading How to Invent a Religion: Part 2
Over the last few weeks I have been taking on various projects which have eaten into my time and energy more than I had anticipated. As a result, I am not happy with the quality of some recent posts: I try to be informative and funny, but I am not convinced I am meeting either … Continue reading Scheduling Shenanigans
Technology and I do not interface well. In fact, it is fair to say that material existence and I need to be supervised so that I do not accidentally come to harm. Much as I grouse about contemporary life, I would not have survived in the wild, or even a century ago, so no-one is … Continue reading Tinkering Time
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no blog this week. I hope that normal service will resume next Saturday.
Grammar is usually portrayed as the boring, necessary bit of language. Unwanted, unloved, it sits around like a pedant blogger, complaining about things it dislikes and expecting to be taken seriously by people who have better things to do with their lives. Woah there... Grammar is like a toolkit. A mechanic needs to know what … Continue reading Grammar Matters
Spoilers for Hollow Knight (computer game). Clarity in writing flows from choosing the correct word. To paraphrase both Antoine de Saint-Expuréy and Josef Pieper, you will know that you have the correct word when no other word fits its place better. Nothing says, 'I promise this won't be pretentious' like casually dropping Antoine de Saint-Expuréy … Continue reading Smoke and Mirrors, part 2 or ‘Unfortunate Lay’