1 Kings 8: 22-24, 37-43; John 6: 56-69

You might recall that earlier this year, I mentioned the fact that one of the many books I’m reading at the moment is a large and weighty tome with the portentous title Capital In The 21st Century.  It’s written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, and it contains nearly 600 pages of text, in addition to a bit over 100 pages of notes.  So it’s a very large book.  What may surprise you, however, is that this book, despite having been written by an economist, and despite being so big, is, in fact, an international best seller; from its publication in August 2013, it has sold more than 1.5 million copies in half a dozen languages[1]. Continue reading “1 Kings 8: 22-24, 37-43; John 6: 56-69”

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Prophets and Speaking Prophetically: A Reflection

In 1907, H G Wells wrote a novel entitled The War In The Air – one of those remarkably prescient novels for which he was justly famous.  In it, Wells imagined a global conflict fought between great fleets of aircraft, which not only battled one another but also bombed the cities of their enemies into rubble.  The result, Wells thought, would be the destruction of human civilisation. Continue reading “Prophets and Speaking Prophetically: A Reflection”

John 6: 24-35

Oscar Wilde once said that work was the refuge of those who had nothing better to do; he also described it as the curse of the drinking classes[1].   In a similar vein, Dorothy Parker declared that work was “the province of cattle”[2]. In these rather caustic remarks, we see an approach to work which regards labour as tiresome and dehumanising, a drudge that distracts people from more creative or productive modes of being, and which shackles their minds and spirits to the endlessly repetitive and ultimately pointless process of “earning a living”. Continue reading “John 6: 24-35”