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Hinterland in Time and Space

In exploring the context in which humanity’s generations live out their lives, is our existence more accurately seen as a carousel or a rollercoaster? A recent article in The New Yorker reviews what it calls the “decline in historical thinking” and makes it clear that what is at risk is less about the names and … Read More

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Science City and Nullius in Verba

A smile that can only be prompted by irony was raised within days of last week’s blogpost about one gospel’s claim that “In the beginning was the word.” News arrived of a major new gallery opening in September at London’s Science Museum, looking at the rise of London as a global centre of scientific excellence. … Read More

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In the beginning was what word?

Any reading of the gospel of St John has to come up short even before the initial throat-clearing has finished. It begins with a claim derived from no primary sources and based upon no credible authority, asserting that “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God”. … Read More

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Avant La Deluge

Before the plunge into the home straight, launching our Cradle of English and its platform of podcasts in celebration of the English language, we took out a week to relax. Only the one week, this summer being as busy as it is, but it has been very much the proverbial change that’s as good as … Read More

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