the toxic legacy remains of Rowan Williams’ bad judgment and worse conduct eight years ago when he first proposed his then friend, John, as a bishop. He got into a battle that he could not afford to lose, but which he was not prepared to fight to win… Williams waited until the decisive moment and then caved in. The only charitable explanation is that he decided that the church’s credibility and effectiveness in the developing world outweighed solving first world problems… What needs saying, loud and clear, is that the case for liberalism here is every bit as religious, and as theologically informed, as the case for the conservatives.

So who is there who can make this point? Which internationally respected Anglican theologian has the convictions, and the courage of them, to speak out against these bullying assumptions? The answer would once have been – obviously – Williams. Oh dear.

Coming very soon

“We live in a time of escalating crises and environmental disasters – how should the church understand them, and how should the church respond to them? In this short, readable and punchy book, Sam Charles Norton argues that the fundamental problem of our time is a spiritual one – that we have forgotten what it means to be wise – and that the path for the faithful through this time of crisis is to re-establish the priority of worship. Only by becoming more distinctively Christian can we engage constructively with the collapse of our culture.”

So this is why I miss incense…

The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion—burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!


Sorry Mr Santorum: you’re just wrong about the NHS. Your system is more expensive than ours and it just doesn’t work for a large proportion of the US population. If I were an American, I might well still vote for you (my ideal American candidate probably doesn’t exist). But the more I look at the American political system, the more profoundly grateful I am to be a British subject. (I agree with this – SN)

Unexpectedly free

Due to my dear beloved having a minor car accident, I find I’m unable to make a meeting – and am temporarily free. Time to catch up on a bit of blogging and inter-webbing whilst there is peace and quiet in the house! Expect a few more posts to follow rapidly…


This is what angered me most about The Iron Lady. It is representative of how society largely views elderly people, particularly those with dementia. They are ignored. They are considered to be dead long before they actually are. Those with dementia experience a loss, not just of their memory and cognition, but of respect and dignity. Sociologists talk of “social death” and “biological death”. Ideally, the two coincide, but in dementia, there is discordance. As people with dementia decline, they are no longer deemed worthy of attention or thought. As far as society is concerned, they are already history. This film gets away with treating Lady Thatcher as though she were already dead, because that’s precisely how society behaves towards the old and infirm. This is lamentable, vile and shameful – and it should anger every one of us.