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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The gospel of Greta

Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the…

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Depression: a wimp of a word

William Styron was an award-winning US novelist, who is most well-known for Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner. I haven’t read these. To me, he is the man who wrote lucidly about his depressive illness in his short book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. Based on an ancient Greek theory of…

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January 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

The pastor’s wife

Nowadays when submitting research articles for publication in scientific journals it is standard that we complete a disclosure statement to declare any conflicts of interest (COI) which might have influenced what we have written. Thus, I realise that for this article I need to declare my COI: Conflict Of Interest Statement: The author declares…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

A lonely Christmas and a miserable New Year?

‘I hate Christmas’ John responded. I felt guilty. I had been making small talk with him before I departed to see my next patient (I see patients in their own homes). I should have remembered that he had no family, at least none in regular contact. I might have noticed that not only did…

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November 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks: Is it a sin to be anxious?

Jesus declared ‘Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on’ (Matthew 6:25) and Paul similarly stated ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known…

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October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The image of God in dementia: Part 2

Last time we thought about God’s image in us and on the importance of relationships to a proper expression of this. We observed that God himself is a God-in-relationships. We saw that people with dementia continue to live in God’s image and have value in relationships with other people and with God. In the…

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September 2019
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The image of God in dementia: Part 1

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of the image of God, much of it helpful and some not. What is not helpful is when image has been interpreted to mean ‘mind’. The idea here seems to be that humans have minds but animals don’t. The problem is this easily comes…

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