Last weekend I spent a delightful twenty-four hours with a group of Christian parapsychologists. Yes, those belonging to the Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies are more than open to the weird and wonderful, and even the downright scary and unexplainable. Thank goodness for that, because every few years they hold a conference to … More Deathbed visions and the paranormal
Last week was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. So, while I applaud Lord Richard Layard’s enthusiasm for launching his Action for Happiness movement this week (inspired by Gretchin Rubin’s Happiness Project), I do wonder whether those in the government pursuing this agenda understand just how complex, contradictory and sometimes dark the pursuit … More Lord Layard’s Action for Happiness, and the wisdom of Carl Jung
It’s Professor Brian Cox who dunnit for me, in the sitting room, with his BBC series, The Wonders of the Universe. His extraordinary programmes have fundamentally changed my understanding of God. Although I have never been a practicing Christian, I have always had a profound belief in God as an external force. By this I … More Professor Brian Cox, God, and the Universe
I appreciate that care for the elderly by the NHS has become a contentious issue, but has the world gone completely mad? My friend Diana popped in for a cuppa, and proceeded to tell me how her 97-year-old godmother has just had a pacemaker fitted. Since her godmother had expressly told her that she’d had … More Pace-maker fitted for 97 year-old woman. Has the world gone completely mad?
I received a message on the answer phone last Thursday from BBC1’s Sunday morning programme, The Big Questions. Would I be interested in taking part in a live debate about life after death? I immediately called back, and spoke to a breathy young researcher. ‘I’ve got your name because of the research you’ve done with … More Does belief in life after death really matter?