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Disappearing Posts

I've taken down some of the posts that were previously here as I am  in the process of rewriting them for a book which is expected to be published next year. I've left the ones with comments and one or two others, but most are being redone to make them more suitable for the book format. Also, to remove some of the repetitions that are inevitable when you are doing independent posts, and to reduce the occasional polemical aspect of some of the posts, appropriate to a blog but not for a book. The reduction of polemics does not mean a watering down of the message though!

What is the Left?

I am not interested in politics except as something seen in the light of spiritual truth.  A proper understanding of metaphysics would render most political matters irrelevant in that the way to live would become obvious. But increasingly nowadays politics is used as a weapon against spiritual truth and that is why I must ask, what is the left? Is it merely a political point of view revolving around equality for all which believes in taking power from individuals and giving it to the State for the theoretical benefit of society as a whole, one that is espoused by the more intelligent amongst us as statistics appear to show, or is it, at root, something rather different?
Let's get this idea that the more intelligent a person is, the more likely he or she is to adopt a leftish perspective out of the way first. This may be true up to a point but that's largely because the training of the mind in the modern world is heavily slanted towards atheism and scientific materialism. That i…

A Meditation on Christmas

It has become almost an annual tradition to complain of the commercialisation of Christmas, and I am not going to do that here. After all what’s the point? We have gone so far down that particular road there can be no turning back. But Christmas has not only been commercialised. It has been thoroughly trivialised too with every year bringing a further reduction of the sense of what its meaning really is, to the extent that the Christian aspect is now almost an embarrassment. We are happy to talk about a generalised peace and goodwill to all men but only in a rather bland, humanist context. Reindeer and elves? Fine. The birth of Jesus? Not so good. It might be divisive. Even many religious leaders appear to have succumbed to this watering down of the Christmas message, so much are they a product of their times, seemingly unable to stand back from the relentless flow of materialistic assumptions which increasingly frame all our discourse, our language and what passes for our philosophy.

Christianity and Salvation

I've been thinking about the idea that anyone who believes in God and accepts Christ as his or her saviour goes to heaven. Is this really the case? Does it not matter how you believe and the depth of your belief and the extent to which you apply that belief to your life? Does it not matter how much you reflect the reality of Christ in your own being? It surely must do or else why bother to be a saint? Why not just believe in your outer mind and carry on as normal, not overtly sinning but not really doing anything very differently to anyone else either? That, of course, is precisely what many professed religious people actually do but it's nowhere near good enough, and on a certain level is actually hypocritical. For if spiritual belief does not translate into radical restructuring of the self it's insipid and can hardly be called belief in the religious sense. After all, to believe God, if it's to mean anything, obviously requires a different sort of belief to believin…

Who Is This Book For?

I am aware that many of the ideas expressed in this book might be seen as too influenced by the so called New Age for most Christians and too Christian for many people interested in more modern forms of spirituality. In the same way, they could be regarded as too influenced by Eastern spirituality by orthodox Christians and too focused on Christ by those of a Hindu or Buddhist persuasion. So who am I writing for?
What I hope is that there are enough people like me who might have searched in various places for spiritual understanding, as those of the last few generations have had the opportunity to do, and then come back to Christianity, though in a somewhat unorthodox form, viewing it differently than if they had never left it. The Christianity of my childhood was largely an external thing. God was presented as out there, and the idea that he was within never really got a serious look in. It was beneath the surface if you looked but it was never brought out and explored in any depth. N…

Morality, Secular and Spiritual

It is sometimes claimed that as intelligence has increased so we have also become more moral. Setting aside whether intelligence really has increased or whether our brains and thought patterns have simply been educated into the modern technological way of thinking, good in some respects, poor in others, this assertion must surely depend on what kind of morality one espouses. For me, or anyone acknowledging a spiritual reality, morality is first and foremost about loving truth and attempting to coordinate oneself to that. And this means knowing, to some degree at least, what truth is. Hence the humanist morality, which is one referred to in the article, being largely atheistic as it either denies or ignores the spiritual reality, is almost the least moral attitude one can take. This implies that much of the perceived improvement is merely a matter of greater conformity to the prejudices and ideologies of the day.
Every society or culture must have some kind of morality or else it will c…