In this talk I distinguish between Yeshua (a first century Jewish charismatic preacher), Jesus (a literary figure whose story is told in the Gospels – not without contradictions) and Christ (which, though a Greek translation of Messiah, quickly acquired semi-divine status and in the Nicene Creed -325 CE – even became identified with God.)
Yes – the days grow shorter and the season of mellow fruitfulness is close upon us.
We have our new Autumn programme!
Philsoc Party – Fri 6th Sept.
Yes its that time of year where we place our thinking caps on the hook and allow our brains to recover for a few weeks of summer.
But Autumn comes all too soon and we must plan for the future:
Paul Archer writes:
This Friday from 6.30pm at the Arts Centre, Matthew Taylor https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Taylor_(Labour_politician) will be speaking on ‘Polarisation, Populism, and Pessimism’.
What does the term ‘populism’ mean to you? Where does it come from, what does it mean, and what is its validity? Who are the populists? And what about pessimism and polarisation? In what ways do they apply to life today?
Former Downing Street advisor and current Chief Executive of the RSA, full if antiquated title the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, whose mission is to enrich society through ideas and action and which believes that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment, Matthew Taylor, looks at how we address and/or overcome the three Ps.
Following Matthew Taylor’s presentation is the annual Swindon Think Slam where are a number of philosophy regulars are likely to be competing -please come!
The two events are part of the Swindon Spring Festival and tickets are available to purchase from the Arts Centre on 01793 524481.
This Friday at 8.00pm at the Swindon Arts Centre, the Swindon Spring Festival is running an event in association with Swindon Philosophy Society and Swindon Climate Action Network. Mike Berners-Lee is speaking on what we should do to live better and well.
We have the chance to live better than ever before. But, as we become ever more powerful and ‘advanced’, can we avoid blundering into disaster? Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics – the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do?
Fortunately, in his book There is No Planet B Mike Berners-Lee, professor and fellow of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and director of Small World Consulting, has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Berners-Lee
There is a £9.00 charge for this event and tickets are available via the Swindon Spring Festival website.
I hope to see you there.
This Friday at the Friends Meeting House from 7.40pm, we will be having a discussion on Political Correctness and the Limits of Free Speech.
No shying away from the big issue by our local MP.
Robert Buckland is MP for South Swindon and also Solicitor General in the government Attorney Generals Office. He has been closely involved in the great Brexit debate.
Always a great and thoughtful speaker this is your chance to put all those burning questions about this Brexit business.
See you Friday!