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Religion is not just for atheists

I picked up Alain de Botton’s recent book Religion for Atheists with a certain amount of curiosity, though not with very high expectations. In some ways it exceeds those expectations, and in others my misgivings are confirmed. I am glad that this kind of thinking is going on, and de Botton does it with creativity … Continue reading


But hark to the suspiration, the uninterrupted news that grows out of silence. (Rainer Maria Rilke: Duino Elegy 1) I have just been thinking about the role of silence, after reading a review of a new book by Diarmid McCulloch on Silence in Christianity. There are two types of silence: the absence of communication and … Continue reading


Some people see evil as a supernatural force, whilst others deny its existence or seek to ignore it. I want to avoid either of these approaches and to account for evil, with all its power, in human experience. Just as God can be supremely meaningful without being an object of belief (see Jung and the Meaning of … Continue reading

Jung and the meaning of God

The writings of Jung have been an inspiration to me for a long time. One of my strongest memories of intellectual excitement in my early twenties is of sitting in an olive grove in Crete reading Jung’s essay ‘On Psychic Energy’. Much more recently I have been re-reading Jung’s semi-autobiography ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’. This is … Continue reading