Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gig on Thursday night

I am playing at the Bullingdon Pub (in the Backroom), Cowley Rd Oxford on Thursday night (Ropetrick - last of three bands on, about 10pm-ish I think).

Incidentally, does anyone know how I can contact Christina Odone (religious journalist)? Or any other suggestions whom I should invite to Oxford Lit Fest to debate faith schools with me (Jonathan Sacks cannot do it - I asked)?

For your interest - I have set up a debate between John Polkinghorne and philosopher David Papineau for the Oxford Lit Festival (title: Does the Universe Reveal The Mind of God?). This should be excellent. And also have booked Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Richard Wiseman and also maybe someone v famous that I cannot confirm yet (I am really trying hard to sell this, I admit).

More CFI UK events about to be announced too...

6 comments:

anticant said...

"Where every prospect pleases and only man is vile."

Stephen Law said...

we're not that bad....

Steven Carr said...

Isn't Christina Odone's name 'Christina'? I can't track her down more than that...

From my Review of one of Polkinghorne's books :-

' Clearly, Polkinghorne is a very nice man and he needs to believe that the Universe is as nice as he is. In his preface he writes ' that it is a coherent hope that all shall in the end be well.' . In the book Polkinghorne creates a God to fulfil this hope. The God Polkinghorne has created is very like himself. Polkinghorne's God does not know the future but prepares himself for whatever it may bring, just as we do. Polkinghorne's God suffers like we do and has human values of beauty and truth , order and morals'

God is created in man's image, so expect the universe to reveal the mind of a person very like Polkinghorne.

anticant said...

He (Polkinghorne, not God) sounds like Dame Julian of Norwich - a medieval Doctor Pangloss.

Jon Wainwright said...

The Rev John Polkinghorne is someone who wants "to take the insights of science and religion with equal seriousness". Two years after the South Asian tsunami, he asserted that "Great natural fruitfulness and great natural disasters are different sides of the same coin." And of course it wasn't God's fault that thousands died horribly. The impression I got from reading his apology was more nasty than nice.

Ophelia Benson said...

How about my dear dear friend Madeleine Bunting?

I think Odone spells it Cristina, by the way - that might help.