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e-Edition of The Complex Christ / Signs of Emergence

Happy to announce that there is now a Kindle version of my first book The Complex Christ – released in the US as Signs of Emergence. An iBookstore / ePub format version will be available soon too. It’s nearly 10 years since the book was released, and I’ve moved a long way since that time, [...]

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‘Dervish At The Door’ | Fertilising Debate

Dervish At The Door A dervish knocked at a house to ask for a piece of dry bread, or moist, it didn’t matter. “This is not a bakery,” said the owner. “Might you have a bit of gristle then?” “Does this look like a butchershop?” “A little flour?” “Do you hear a grinding stone?” “Some [...]

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Why You Should(nt) Read After Magic

The blanks for the After Magic hardbacks to be hand-inked arrived today, and I’ve got to say I’m really excited about them. They’ve come out really really well… Will be doing the printing onto the covers this weekend and begin sending them out on Monday all being well. There’s a small number still available for [...]

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Pancakes and Carnivals | Fools and Dirty Revolutions

Pancake Day falls this coming Tuesday in the UK… thought I’d post a few thoughts about its origins, and how we might use them to think beyond…well, munching loads of pancakes. Like so many traditions over here, Pancake Day has some origins in the Christian calendar… Shrove Tuesday, as it has historically been known, is [...]

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Welcoming the ‘Piss Christ’ | A Church ‘Purified to the Point of Sterility.’

Interesting to note that, even after all these years, Andreas Serrano’s work, the ‘Piss Christ’ is still causing controversy over in the US as the election approaches. (Thanks, Barry, for the link) Many years ago, when I focused more on theology, I wrote The Complex Christ (Signs of Emergence in the US) which had a [...]

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Seriously, God, Why HAVE you Forsaken Me? | Challenging the OCD Divinity | Dirt

Quick thought around Easter…which is, when one thinks about it, a pretty bizarre religious festival, unfolding a complex, gruesome, politically charged and then miraculous narrative. For some time my friend Pete Rollins has focused quite a lot of his theological thinking around Jesus’ cry from the cross about being forsaken. “My god, my god, why [...]

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‘Now I Am Become Death…’ | Theology of Decay | Rituals [2]

  “We fat ourselves for maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table: that’s the end.” Hamlet, Act IV, Scene III In the previous post I tried to set out a distinction between death (which can remain beautiful – a frozen moment just beyond life) [...]

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Warning: Another Anders Behring Breivik is Coming | Guns and Roses

I’ve resisted commenting too quickly on the tragedy that’s unfolded in Norway. I think sometimes we need to hold back from immediately pushing views into a space that should simply be reserved for grief and self-examination. But as the nation of Norway itself begins to process what’s happened, I wanted to offer a couple of [...]

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Why Go to Festivals When the Music Sounds Sh*t?

Interesting piece in The Independent yesterday, asking why people bother going to festivals when the sound quality is crap, there’s mud everywhere, you can’t sleep, and people push and spill beer all over you. I visited Glastonbury once, many years ago now, and left utterly mystified. Why, I wondered at the time, did so many [...]

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Le Quattro Volte | Putting Humanity’s Role into Perspective

  I went to see Michelangelo Frammartino’s new film last night, Le Quattro Volte. This is a very difficult film to do justice to on the page, but I will simply say: try to go and see it. Do all you can to get to see it at the cinema. This is cinema. Not plasma TV [...]

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