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‘Other’ – a Book for a Post 9/11 World

As we come round to 10 years since 9/11 I wanted to do a quick plug of Other, for the simple reason that it meets head on the challenges of living in a world where difference so desperately needs to be understood. Whether it’s personal issues of depression or the alienating effects of technology, or [...]

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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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Wild Goose Talk – Audio Download

Apologies for dodgy sound quality – just put my phone to record by the PA, but the audio of my talk at Wild Goose is available here: The feedback from Wild Goose has been incredibly positive. Well done to all those who put it together – it deserves to have a really positive impact on [...]

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Wild Goose | US Edition of Other

I got back from Wild Goose early yesterday morning and had to travel immediately to work to teach. So just about emerging from a jet-lagged coma and appreciating what a good time, and a good thing, Wild Goose was. The dream of having an ‘American Greenbelt’ seemed – to talk to lots of US people [...]

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Wild Goose | Help Needed! | Plug ‘Other’ and get 2 rows closer to God

This time next week I’ll be North Carolina enjoying the inaugural Wild Goose Festival. I’m going to be speaking in the Geodesic Dome venue on Friday evening at 8pm: Loving Others in a World of Fractures From noisy neighbours to racism, fundamentalism, issues about immigration and terrorism, the problem of dealing with ‘the other’ has [...]

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Who’s The Monster Now? | Facing the Other in the Self

Interesting post from Brian McLaren, who, via a piece from Miroslav Volf, asks who the next ‘monster’ will be given that Bin Laden is dead: Fear is a foolish counselor, and it is also an addictive one. As the work of Rene Girard and others makes clear, our national anxieties love to vent themselves on [...]

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Two Halves of Life – a question on ‘Other’

I wanted to respond to a question that came through Twitter – always welcome, by the way – about the ‘two halves of life’ thesis I mention in Other. “I’ve just finished the section on ‘Loving the Other with the Self.’ Would you say that our lives are lived in two halves, and that these [...]

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Martin Luther King | Love for the Other is Dangerous and Political

Although mathematically it turns out that this should be your worst day of the year, given that it’s Martin Luther King day in the US, I hope there’s some level of goodness in it that defeats the equations. I was reminded by Jay Bakker today that MLK once said, “I have decided to stick with [...]

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‘Other’ now available in the US/UK as eBook | US Print Edition Coming Soon

Really pleased to announce that the UK edition of ‘Other‘ is available in the US and Canada as an eBook via Amazon (as it is in the UK too.) As I’m sure you know, you don’t need an actual Kindle to read Kindle downloads – you can get the software for free on your Mac [...]

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Becoming Conscious of the ‘Other Other’ [3]

Other Other [1] |  Other Other [2] In the previous two posts I’ve been trying to tease out some of the issues being engaging ‘the other’ – especially the problem of there being ‘other others’ who we may not have considered when we act. One response to the exponentially expanding series of others is to [...]

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