The purpose of my blog is to share views about a range of issues of interest to me and of general public interest. My forthcoming book Judging Religion A Dialogue for Our Time indicates that much of my thinking is about appraisals of faiths in a fast changing world. I am passionate about the importance of seeking to understand religion and discuss such issues with others. This strikes me as especially important in parts of the world such as northern Europe where, against the flow of more global trends, society is becoming increasingly secular and religions and religious people appear increasingly unusual or even alien. The more global trends however do not indicate an increasingly secular world and the very many forces of religion and secularism will not keep these worlds apart. As such we are all offered options of bewilderment as we look with incomprehension and even alarm at people who live lifestyles very different from our own. The alternative to bewilderment is of course engagement.
I believe very much in the importance of people engaging with each other who hold very different views and have contrasting life experiences. Here are the richest sources of learning for us all.
Some of my posts will also be about philosophy and about politics. I am a member of the Liberal Democrats and I campaigned for REMAIN before the 2016 referendum. I am an opponent of nationalism in general most especially of ethnic nationalism. I believe in plural multicultural societies as not only inevitable in the long term should we survive the short term but also remarkable opportunities for the greatest cultures of creativity that humanity has ever known.