Posts from October 2022

Posts from October 2022

Cancel Culture…in Amersham?

We live at a tricky time. Expressing what you believe, on any number of social, moral or political issues, can quickly lead to your marginalisation or even cancellation. Scary though that prospect may be, it is as of nothing compared with the fate you could have suffered in England 500 years ago, simply for holding different beliefs from the King or the Church. A monument off Station Road in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK, records the ‘cancellation’, by execution, of eleven local…

Climate Change

“I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” Stirring words from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Our world is in peril. We are facing more frequent and more intense droughts, storms and heat waves. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting…

Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga and amazon.com

How do you sum up Western culture in one sentence? How about “Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga and amazon.com”? What these cultural icons represent has come to dominate society, totally transcending religion, nationality and political affiliation, and exerting a powerful influence on us all.  Richard Dawkins Famed atheist Richard Dawkins represents an 18th Century movement called ‘the Enlightenment’1 which succeeded in replacing the authority of the Bible with human reason. Then, in the 19th Century, along came Charles Darwin2 and replaced…

Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species

In the BBC series ‘Great Britons’ in 2002, Charles Darwin was listed as the 4th greatest Briton ever to have lived. In his contribution to the series, BBC correspondent and atheist Andrew Marr stated: “We have many local heroes; we have only one world changer. His name is Charles Darwin.” In a similar vein James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, stated, “Charles Darwin will eventually be seen as a far more influential figure in the history of human…