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Author Archives: Bosco Peters

Buddhism Blemished

Buddhism Blemished

This is a reflection from a recent conversation with a 20something young woman. It has much in common with many conversations I have. I need to preface this post by underlining that I don’t play the my-religion-is-better-than-your-religion game. I also need to highlight how much Buddhists and Buddhism have helped me on my own faith… Continue Reading

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Collect Endings

Collect Endings

General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has passed a statute and sent it round the diocesan synods and hui amorangi for assent. If it passes a majority of these, it will return to GSTHW next year for confirmation and then become a formulary of our… Continue Reading

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Beyond Literal Belief

Beyond Literal Belief

Religion as Metaphor: Beyond Literal Belief by David Tacey I hope David Tacey’s book is another doorway into the realisation of the importance of metaphor. It rightly argues that the new atheism and fundamentalism are both misunderstanding the stories literalistically. I regularly encounter a fear that if someone questions the historicity (or validity) of a… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ (Matthew 2:13) Ἀναχωρησάντων δὲ αὐτῶν, ἰδοὺ… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

From 1 October 2017, there will be a change in Roman Catholic canon law that will mean that local Conferences of Bishops will be the final arbiters of the liturgical translation used in their region. Currently, Pope Francis’ motu proprio, Magnum Principium is only available in Latin and in Italian. There is an unofficial English… Continue Reading

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Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

I was born in Rotterdam – after its heart had been destroyed in the Second World War (see image above). You can see the ruins of the medieval St. Lawrence Church. I have spent most of my life in Christchurch. It’s heart was destroyed in the Quakes beginning in 2010. Rather than reinstate the medieval… Continue Reading

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Resources for 24th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 24th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may love God in our hearts and in our actions] Pause Lord, [or God of compassion] direct our hearts by the action of your mercy, for without your help we cannot please you; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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