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      • This week's New Scientist
        31/08/07
        Brilliant cover page on this week's New Scientist. The headline says it all:

        "What's the point of religion?"

        http://www.newscientist.com/contents/issue/2619.html

      • Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Glasgow
        31/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        There are good people and bad people. Diana, who did more for humanity than any other person who ever lived, was one of the good people. Nelson Mandela is one of the good people too. The killer of Rhys Jones is one of the bad people. I wring my han

      • Breathtakingly Reverend James Jones, Lord Bishop of Liverpool
        30/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        It's the 800th anniversary of Liverpool and we're celebrating with a new slavery museum. But the emancipation of slaves wasn't entirely a white thing - some blacks were involved as well. When black slaves rose up against the French,

      • Dr Indarjit Singh - Director of the Network of Sikh organisations
        29/08/07
        Rating 2 out of 5 (A little platitudinous)

        Today I will be joining many other important people, for the unveiling of the statue of Nelson Mandela. You will not be invited of course, but as I gaze upon the great man I will reflect on how, after 27 years in prison, he forgave his enemies an

      • John Bell of the Iona Community
        28/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous and unbelievably patronising)

        The Prime Minister and the Minister for International Development were both brought up by clergymen. This gave them a richer, more varied environment than ordinary people have. Ordinary people stay closeted in their own

      • Reverend Doctor Colin Morris - A Methodist Minister
        27/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        Children are copying all the violence they see on the news, some of which is nearly as bad as they see in films and computer games. It is of course, perfectly normal to want to kill people with semi-automatic weapons, so teenagers form their own li

      • Catherine Pepinster - Editor of the Tablet
        26/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        A judge released a paedophile because he was a reformed character and a man of faith. Men of faith seem to have sex with children quite a lot. They've been doing it in England, Ireland and the USA too. Quite often the church has covered all th

      • Martin Palmer - Leader of a religious thing
        24/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        I'm going to tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

        Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a wicked emperor who unified the six warring kingdoms of China and created a geopolitical entity

      • Right Reverend James Jones, Lord Bishop of Liverpool
        23/08/07
        Rating Unrated

        I'm not doing my normal platitude entry today.

        I don't think it's appropriate to use the terrible murder of 11 year old Rhys Jones as a platform for my beliefs. There are some things that even I'm not prepared to joke about. To the bishop'

      • Dr. Indarjit Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations
        22/08/07
        Rating 5 out of 5 (Extraordinarily platitudinous)

        I've just been invited to an important dinner, where the Indo-Pakistan Friendship Society will celebrate the partition of India. The partition caused the deaths of a million people. Millions more lost their homes, or found themselves

      • Jonathan Bartley, Director of the think tank, Ekklesia
        21/08/07
        Rating 2 out of 5 (A little platitudinous)

        Jonathan Bartley here, Director of Ekklesia, a think-tank that promotes transformative theological ideas in public life, and therefore very important.

        Jesus says giving high interest loans via the subprime mortgage market is wrong. Jes

      • Rabbi Lionel Blue
        20/08/07
        Rating 0 out of 5 (Not platitudinous)

        Rabbi Lionel Blue at his best. Just read/listen to the original.

        Listen
        Read

      • Canon David Winter
        18/08/07
        Rating 2 out of 5 (A little platitudinous)

        Getting drunk is bad. Getting paralytic is even badder, and kids getting paralytic is even badder still. Kids getting drunk and beating up other kids is the baddest of all. This is called "debauchery", and is a very bad thing indeed. No

      • Right Awful Anne Atkins - Novelist and Columnist
        17/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        Humans are the best animals at doing language. The English language is wonderful. Think Renaissance. Think Shakespeare. Think really good literature, mine for example. The Pen is mightier than the sword. Pictures are wonderful too. Think war photog

      • Reverend Canon Doctor Alan Billings
        16/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        Sometimes we're nice as individuals and nasty in groups. I'd like to point out an important book on this subject by a theologian, because this is a theological problem. It's to do with sin. As a Reverend Canon Doctor, and Director of

      • Jonathan Bartley, Director of the think tank, Ekklesia
        15/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        Jonathan Bartley here, Director of Ekklesia, a think-tank that promotes transformative theological ideas in public life, and therefore very important.

        It's the 60th anniversary of Indian independence today, so I'm going to talk

      • Rev. Roy Jenkins - Baptist minister
        14/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        I want to talk to you about risk. Life is risky. Whether it's global warming, children on adventure holidays or Ninja (No money, no job, no assets) loans. I want to talk to you about balancing risks.

        No, I don't really. What I

      • Rabbi Lionel Blue
        13/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        I caught religion when I was already grown up, shortly after I caught measles. My flatmate immediately left. He could put up with anything except me going on about my invisible magic friend all the time. The arguments for my invisible magic friend&

      • Gays in Nigeria
        11/08/07
        I try not to rant too much on this blog, but some things just make me mad. I've just celebrated 24 years with my gay partner Terry. A few years ago a driver who was reversing, but not looking, ran over Terry's foot. He's been disabled and suffered chronic pain, all day, every day, eve

      • Catherine Pepinster - Editor of the Tablet
        11/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        The disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been a favourite story for Thought For The Day presenters for months now. Today, we celebrate the 100th day since this fortuitous event which has given we presenters so much fruitful material. She may not a

      • Right Awful Anne Atkins
        10/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        Lots of things are imaginary: Great white sharks off the coast of cornwall, Harry Potter, Britney Spears. Physics is imaginary too, with curved space, wormholes and time travel. As I'm an expert on General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, you

      • Reverend Canon Doctor Alan Billings
        09/08/07
        Rating 5 out of 5 (Extraordinarily platitudinous)

        Malcom Pointon's slow death from Alzheimer's is a painful reminder that science and medicine are ultimately useless. As a Reverend Canon Doctor, and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University, let me j

      • Stonkingly Reverend Tom Butler - Bishop of Southwark
        08/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        All things are not well in South (hic!) Africa. People are poor and those who aren't have to live behind huge (hic!) security walls. Wealth and opportunity are not fairly distributed. As if these burdens were not enough, the population must al

      • Rev. Roy Jenkins - Baptist minister
        07/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        We have another foot and mouth crisis. I'd just like to make it perfectly clear that this is not God's fault. Bad things are not God's fault. In the Old Testament, God used to go in for retribution in a big way, but He doesn't d

      • Rabbi Lionel Blue
        06/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        Churches seem so solid, with their huge spires, their billions of pounds of land and their impressive titles. It's hard to believe that it was all just made up by a few blokes thousands of years ago. In fact it's hard to believe that anyo

      • Rev. Rob Marshall - Anglican Priest
        04/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        The collapse of the Minneapolis bridge is a great tragedy. The really important thing now is to talk more about Jesus. You see, theologians have been building metaphorical bridges out of Jesus for far longer than any engineer. Metaphorical bridges

      • Right Awful Anne Atkins
        03/08/07
        Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

        Ever since the go ahead was given for a designer baby to save his brother's life, there's been controversy about playing God with embryos. Now parliament plans to relax the rules still further. They're going to allow babies to be des

      • Reverend Canon Doctor Alan Billings
        02/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        If something bad has happened to you, then all you need to do is have a quick pray. As a Reverend Canon Doctor, and Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University, let me just assure you that this will make everything much b

      • Overwhelmingly Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark
        01/08/07
        Rating 4 out of 5 (Highly platitudinous)

        It's a century since Baden-Powell started Scouting for Boys. They've been doing good deeds and roasting nuts around the camp fire ever since. With 40,000 scouts at the jamboree in Essex and 1 million scouts worldwide, clearly they've

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