How Anti-Masonic Myths Hurt People

In the recent case of Lesley Pilkington, the Christian therapist suspended by the BACP for misconduct, one thing stuck out for me personally. The most egregious aspect of her conduct was, undoubtedly, telling her client — who turned out to be undercover journalist Patrick Strudwick — that childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a […]

Christian and Agnostic

(This was first published in 2009.) I’m a Christian. I’ve been a confirmed Anglican since 2003. I’m a regular churchgoer and continue to be involved in all kinds of areas of parish life. I am also an agnostic. I accept the intellectual arguments for atheism, and recognized about 18 months ago that I had long […]

The Meaning of Easter

I wrote these words just over a year ago, and I republish them to give friends and readers some idea why this non-theist continues to find meaning in the Christian Easter tradition. ________________ The Ash Wednesday words “From dust you came and to dust you shall return” have particular resonance for this Anglican agnostic. You […]

Dawkins, Lennox and a Christian Myth about Unbelievers

The evangelical faith I once had was formed in a milieu dominated by a particular story about unbelievers. The story was rarely articulated fully, but it was assumed in conversations, prayers and sermons. It went like this: Deep down, unbelievers know they’re on shaky ground; unbelievers know the gospel is true; unbelievers are on the precipice of […]