Category Archives: Religion

A Christian in the Roman Colosseum

Christian to the lion: You’re doing God’s work. Chris (inspired by Dave Allen) Advertisements

Posted in Humour, Religion | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Traditional forms of punishment: Britain* 1700-1900

Traditionally, British judges sentencing criminals had five principal options: capital punishment, corporal punishment, exile, imprisonment and torture. Judges sentencing criminals to ‘savage’ sentences were using proportionate and appropriate punishments according to the expectations of the time. The sentences were anticipated … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, Prison, Prison reform, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A convenient miracle

An Irish priest was stopped for speeding in west London. The police officer smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, “Sir, have you been drinking?” “Just water,” … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A philosopher contemplates death: Voltaire (1770)

In any case, Voltaire* added jocularly, he expected to die shortly and would soon find out who was right concerning immortality of the soul— Plato or Spinoza, Saint Paul or Epictetus, Christianity or Confucianism. *This is jocular because Voltaire was … Continue reading

Posted in History, Philosophy, Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The anti-Semitic Martin Luther

Luther calls for the secular authorities to burn down all the synagogues and schools, and ‘what won’t burn should be covered over with earth, so that not a stone or piece of slag of it should be seen for all … Continue reading

Posted in History, Religion | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

The Theology of Church Interiors

Expressing the inexpressible is impossible. But those that want to worship want to create an atmosphere where worship is enhanced. Here are three interpretations of religious atmospheres created by religious groups over the ages. A Quaker Meeting House emphasising (leaderless) … Continue reading

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

God

Omnicompetent Omnipotent Omniscient Leading to the irresistible Omnishambles Chris

Posted in Poetry, Religion | Tagged , | Leave a comment