Many of the most iconic and famous religious figures in history are those who committed extreme acts whose stories have circulated well beyond their death, immortalising them as enduring symbolic figures. Whether it be a reverence for the dedicated monks of the mountains, the pious and ultra-religious Pharisees of Second Temple Judaism, or those who fought in war on behalf of their faith, we often … Continue reading WHY EXTREMISM IS TOO EASY
Weekly Ritual The last note of the final hymn reverberates throughout the building. Church is done for the week. I sit down, look at my friends and head to lunch content with the knowledge that I have gone to Church this week. I have done the bare minimum for my Christian journey, and I can excuse myself for just a while if I forget to … Continue reading CHURCH: ME OR WE?
In a world saturated with advertisements, I usually choose to ignore any posters on advertisement boards or along walkways. However, there was one occasion when a small red card, surrounded by lots of large flamboyant advertisements, stood out to me. Written on the card in bold white letters were the words “Imagine an Unfailing Love”, and beneath this in smaller white letters, “(There is Good News … Continue reading IMAGINE AN UNFAILING LOVE
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were wrongly accused, or someone spread false rumours about you? A few years ago, as the result of a misunderstanding, I found myself being accused of something which wasn’t true. It wasn’t until a third party said to me, “since I first met you, your character and ethics have been consistent, so I have no … Continue reading UNQUESTIONABLE CHARACTER
Throughout history, many a person has tried to answer the question ‘Why am I on this Earth?’. The ideas that have been espoused are fascinating and, by examining them, we can become more aware of our ultimate purpose. Here is a curated list of some of the most intriguing perspectives: The Simulation Hypothesis Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘there’s a glitch in the matrix’ … Continue reading WHY AM I HERE?
TThe most revolutionary invention which has impacted the way humanity communicates to one another, is undoubtedly the Internet. Every single person can share their opinion and talk with anyone, at any time, in any place of the world, instantly. It is the ultimate tool of liberty and free speech, but its main language of communication is unique: a dialogue through, and exchange of memes. MEME … Continue reading THE THEOLOGY OF MEMES
ALONE TOGETHER People have never felt so alone. This fact appears to be incongruent with the juggernaut that is social media which claims to keep us more connected than ever. In creating our carefully curated social media profiles, we further isolate ourselves from those around us. Lunchtime becomes a competition to see who can get the best photo and use the best filter. Rather than … Continue reading GOD ONLY KNOWS
THE FRENZY You sit in your car and breathe in deeply, relishing the fleeting moments of peace. Your head begins to shake as the repetitive pattern of the parking lot starts to seem like a prison. As you begin to wander into the cement jungle tunes of torture begin to enter your ears. The amount of light and colour in your peripherals is overwhelming, distractions … Continue reading CONSUMING CHRISTMAS
Hard to Forget My friends often tell me that I have a pretty good memory. I have an especially good recall when it comes to conversations with people. If I am paying attention during the conversation I can remember what we talked about, how long we talked for and where we had our conversation. Due to this quality of memory I can vividly remember some … Continue reading MERCY UNDESERVED
Upon starting a new subject at university my new class was given an interesting instruction. Everyone was asked to bring their phones to the front of the room and leave them there for the duration of the tutorial, two hours, as an experiment. After two hours we were told to check how many notifications or messages we had received during that time. We were then … Continue reading LOST TIME