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Do we know what’s Christmas? Christmas! Some sing, ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ Others ask, What’s the point of Christmas? Some say they don’t believe in Christmas while yet others are dismissive of the whole thing as a concocted commercial Read more ›

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Myth

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Myths, or epic stories, have been traditionally important in human society. They reflect a shared concern for values. They address moral dilemmas. They celebrate virtue and hope, and they counsel against vice and despair. The American philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote Read more ›

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Democracy

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We put almost total trust in the principle of democracy. If something is democratic it must be good. The primacy of the ‘will of the people’ is a necessary result of a humanist atheist perspective. We have nowhere else to Read more ›

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Celebrity

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The way we rate people says a lot about the spirit of our society. Today we have a very strong tendency to rate people according to their fame, their wealth, their media presence. We are fascinated by superstar status. We Read more ›

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Power

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‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ Lord Acton, letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887 All human societies are characterised by power structures and power struggles. Power is often considered to be a cynical idea with negative connotations. Read more ›

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Money

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‘The love of money is the root of all evil’ Paul’s letter to Timothy in The Bible In our modern society, money plays a major role, not only in the economy, but also in defining people. We are poor or Read more ›

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Postmodernity

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Modernity The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries was a major ‘paradigm shift’. It defined the ‘Age of Reason’ which was implemented as modernity. Now humanity understood the logic of cause and effect. No longer was some capricious divinity Read more ›

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