7 ways Christianity shaped (& saves) Western civilisation

One of the most compelling proofs of Christianity’s legitimacy is how conducive it is to both individual and civilizational flourishing. I’ve often argued that even if one struggles with a personal relationship with God, Christianity’s worldview still makes the most sense to live. Not only is it conducive to everything that gives life meaning, it…

An image for COVID lockdown blues

Hi friends, I kept receiving this image in prayer so I drew it out and thought I’d share it in case it speaks to you too! When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, it was natural that all their emotion was invested on either the (i) pursuing Egyptian threat behind them OR (ii) the hope…

Can God ‘speak’ through our dreams? A Catholic response

Many Christians frown upon any notion of dream interpretation, due to its apparent association with New Age divination, which is of course strictly forbidden.[1] This being said, what of the ample biblical evidence of God speaking to mankind through dreams, such as with Daniel (Dan 2, 4), Joseph the son of Jacob (Gen 40), twice…

Revisiting Harry Potter, a mature Catholic reflection

What the Harry Potter debate reveals about our spirituality Rather than diving into the story or themes of Harry Potter, this article aims explore the concerns some Christians have with Harry Potter itself. Since its release, not a few voices have suggested the story normalises alleged occult and pagan practices in the form of a…

Can Catholics Celebrate Halloween? Some reflections

Halloween is celebrated on October 31st, on the eve of All Saints Day. But did you know the name Halloween actually means ‘all saints eve’. It was traditionally named by Pope Gregory III in the 8th century, who adopted the evening to prepare the faithful for the feast of All Saints Day on Nov 1st….

How should Catholics relate with psychology?

This is an important question with many avenues to explore, so I will only make a start here to get us thinking. The word catholic (small c) actually means something like ‘the whole,’ or ‘the collective.’ Therefore the way Catholics should understand the field of psychology should also be according to ‘the whole’, and not…

Tolkien’s Catholicism, The Lord of the Rings and My Conversion

Aside from the Bible, The Lord of the Rings is the highest selling book in the English speaking world. It topped the list of Amazon.com’s “Most beloved book of the Millennium” poll back in 2000, while Professor Tom Shippey made a good case why Tolkien should be named “Author of the Century.” And as a…