To Sow the Wind

On 12 February, 2010, near a small village in southeast Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Sharabuddin, a high ranking member of the Afghan police intelligence service, was celebrating the naming of his newborn son. There were twenty-four guests and three musicians at the party. At about 3.30 a.m. voices were heard outside the compound. Assuming they were…

ST. AUGUSTINE AND THE COLLAPSE OF EMPIRE: ANCIENT WISDOM ON WAR, TERROR, AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY

‘The mind shudders when it dwells upon the ruin of the day’, wrote St. Jerome, the great bible translator, in the year of St. Augustine’s death, and twenty years after the fall of Rome to the barbarians. ‘For twenty years or more Roman blood has been flowing ceaselessly on the broad countries between Constantinople and…

Utility or Glory? Charles Darwin and the Apostles’ Creed

In this lecture the Rev. Dr. David Widdicombe compares Darwin’s latitudinarian Anglicanism and the metaphysical assumptions implicit in his scientific perspective to the vastly different Incarnational/Trinitarian and contemplative cosmology of the early Church. This lecture was given on Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church. Listen to the lecture below and explore…

The Humility of Faith

‘Veni, vidi, vici.’ Such was Julius Ceasar’s laconic report following his defeat of Pharnaces II of Pontus after a short campaign in 47 BC. ‘I came, I saw, I conquered.’ How different the words that Karl Barth places in the mouth of the Apostle Paul at his conversion. ‘In the depths, the height on which…

Who’s To Blame?

And some came at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifice. Luke 13:1 In his answer to this reported tragedy, Jesus appears to assume that these bringers of bad news are asking a question about who is to blame for human suffering. Is suffering a…

Not By Bread Alone

What is the meaning of life? If Transfiguration Sunday is when the Church each year makes its universal declaration about the final dignity, honour, and destiny of the human race, here in the wilderness temptation is where it makes its most deliberate statement about the meaning and purpose of human life. Man shall not live…