IT WOULD have made a splendid TV comedy programme — except that it was real life, with real consequences. The almost unbelievable events of the referendum campaign and its aftermath contradicted the idea that politics is boring
THE first battle of the Somme resolves, ideologically speaking, into the expected national stereotypical conflict between, on the one hand, grim adherence to a theoretical concept, and, on the other, a pragmatic flexibility to deal with the actual situation
NO LASTING habitation. Wandering Arameans. Strangers and pilgrims. The concept of our having on this earth no permanent home is shot through the scriptures, helping us to empathise with our neighbours for whom this is no mere theological model, but the lived day-to-day reality. And if anyone coul...
WHAT is it that really communicates? Surely it is the matter, the material, and the arguments adduced. This is why you spend a day and a half preparing each sermon, researching commentaries and theological expositions, presenting an unassailable case. This seems to me essentially misguided — and, even worse, an attitude largely Protestant
WHAT TV programme could better fit the Church Times readership profile than Trainspotting Live (BBC4, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of last week)? That would surely be my column’s main topic. But such innocent pleasures were hijacked by a more sobering, more urgent concern.
It is a clerical commonpl...
”AS EASY as ABC” would make more sense if recast as “as near-impossible as ABC”. The terrific B Is For Book (BBC4, Tuesday of last week) followed the trials and tribulations of reception-year children at Kingsmead School, Hackney, as they learned their letters.
Expectations are now far higher than...
DESTROYING religion would be an essential first step towards creating an equitable world order. This was a central tenet of the Hegelian student drinking-club whose members included the hero of Bettany Hughes’s Marx: Genius of the modern world (BBC4, Thursday of last week)
AS FAR as producing this column is concerned, the climax of my year is the annual Sandford St Martin Awards for Religious Broadcasting
A THOROUGHLY miserable Bank Holiday Monday (except for those of you with the wit to live in the north) brightened into something like glorious Technicolor with the screening of BBC1’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was a partnership