Category Archives: toleration

RME & excellence

As preparation for engaging more seriously with some more school chaplaincy, I’ve been reading the ‘Religious and Moral Education: principles and practice’ section of the Curriculum for excellence.  And I have to say, it’s quite inspiring.  I’d picked the paper up with some … Continue reading

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Frying pans and orange fire

Well, we escaped the Royal Wedding Weekend by going to Amsterdam, and jumped into Koninginnedag – Queen’s Day’ – the huge celebrations for the official birthday of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  We hadn’t known about it.  800,000 people came to Amsterdam … Continue reading

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Messy politics

What will be the shape of the Islam that is emerging into greater prominence in those Arab countries which are challenging the old dictatorships?  Will the tentative steps towards democracy encourage a somewhat tolerant stance, as in Turkey?  Or will there be … Continue reading

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The Compassionate Life

Just finished a study guide to Karen Armstrong’s new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, which we are going to look at in Lent at Holy Trinity, Stirling. (I’ve uploaded it on to our website here if you’re interested.)  … Continue reading

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Asia Bibi

At last the Asia Bibi case is making the headlines properly. Last month, a court near Lahore condemned her to death by hanging for ‘blasphemy’ – there had been some sort of argument between her, a Christian Pakistani, and her Muslim neighbours and fellow-workers and … Continue reading

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