Friday, April 29, 2005

Final stretch

Sent chapters 7,8,9,10 to publisher yesterday - on final stretch of Chapter 6 - a few tweaks to 1/3rd of Chapter 4 and done: final text should go off on Tues. Hence not much time for blogging!

Benedict looks increasingly encouraging - election increasingly depressing (though it ain't over until it's over). Various non-bloggable (yet) things going on at church. But hope to sail on Sun & Mon - now back to final stretch of book.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Benedict and Rowan

It's very encouraging that Benedict has made Christian Unity such a major priority, and that ABp Rowan will be at his inauguration. Unity is God's will and both these remarkable leaders are very conscious of their status as servant-leaders (servant of the servants of God is a wonderful old Papal title). The prayers of many millions are with them - now, as ever Christ is the Light and Hope of the world.

Book v nearly finished - just as well since it's meant to be with publishers at the end of the month! Getting nice emails from people who I want to put in the acknowldgements section.

Off on a 2-day sailing course.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Hope for the Pope

Given Ratzinger's reputation his election as Pope raises many concerns. But taking the name Benedict must be a good sign. The life expectancy of a 78-yr-old Male in the US is 7.83 years and since religious people tend to live longer, we can expect a 10-year papacy. One way or another though God's will will be done and it is the overall growth of Christianity that matters, rather than simply the fate of the largest single denomination.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Risk based certainty

Silly anti-religious article in the FT Mag by their film critic claiming, amoungst other things, that "Faith based science" is a nonsense, like "risk based certainty." Lots could be said about this! It should be only non-scientists and non-philosophers that imagine that science and religion are opposites, although people like Dawkins and Blackburn perpetuate this myth for their own purposes. Also of course, outside pure maths, all certainty is indeed risk-based.

Glorious sailing yesterday - did our first real trip from A to B. Sailing is of course all risk-based, but a near certainty, in the conditions yesterday, of a wonderful time!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Good day for serendipity

Big excitement: my publisher says they'll enter my book for the FT/GS Best Business Book of 2005 competition. Went to see one of the top management of a company I am profiling, who had been given a copy of the draft section on his firm: he said it was very good and told him things about his firm that he hadn't known. But lots to do in the next few weeks so blog may be even slighter than usual.

Came across two interesting sites: and - the latter by mis-guessing a URL. This is the web equivalent of "finding yourself amongst the Vs" in the dictionary or encyclopaedia. (and now that I have made that link I find another great Ogden Nash word - "overdriviledged")

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Election, sailing, evolution, evidence

Election campaign well under way, but I've got to finish writing a (business) book so won't be able to do much canvassing - if any. I do find it a privelege and responsibility, talking to people directly about their politics. I wonder if the Experian database that the poltical parties use can also support evangelism?

Sailed at the weekend and also on Weds. Not an accident that most of the Disciples were fishermen and sailors. "what manner of man is he, that even the wind and the waves obey him?"

US e-correspondent is building a list of Christian Evolutionists - to counteract the nonensical either-or.

Dinner earlier this week with a delightful couple, both Jewish, one a confirmed Atheist, other less so. He thinks (or says he thinks) there is no evidence for the existence of God. What none, as opposed to some, but I think there could be other explanations? Didn't really have time to straighen him out on this, but that position is intellectually untenable.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Even in death, JPG spreads unity

At JPG (John Paul the Great)'s funeral the President of Israel shakes hands with the Presidents of Iran and Syria. And it emerges that JPG gave communion to Tony Blair (an Anglican) when the Blairs visited him in 2002.

Signs of hope, unity, peace ... let's go sailing.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Two elections to be underway

So they will both be under way - the UK General Election and Conclave at the same time. I have long said that the UK election will be a lot closer than people think, and the polls are moving in the Conservative's direction. I suggested to a leading politician a few weeks ago that if Blair doesn't concede a free vote on reducing the time limit on abortions he will lose (and my politician friend agreed). Let us see.

A friend wrote a very negative column in The Times about JP2 and I emailed her to suggest that she checks her facts. Is it really true that Catholic countries have a higher incidence of Aids than comparable non-Catholic countries, or of 'over-population' or infant mortality? I suspect not. And surely they will have a lower incidence of I.M. if you count abortion as infanticide, as you should.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The splendour of truth

Another bang on column from Mark Steyn on the Pope. "John Paul II championed the "splendour of truth" not because he was rigid and inflexible, but because he understood the alternative was a dead end in every sense. If his beloved Europe survives in any form, it will one day acknowledge that." Delighted to know that Cardinal Cormac M-O'C has said publicly that he will be known as John Paul the Great. And told the following story:

"when he was Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow he once skied, without realising, up to the border of what was then Czechoslovakia. The border patrol demanded to see his papers, they became furious with him. 'You silly man, do you realise whose identity papers you've stolen? Pretending to be the archbishop of Krakow! This is going to put you away for a very long time.' 'But I assure you," said the future pope, "'I am the Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow.' 'A cardinal who skis?'" snorted the militiaman, "'do you think I'm crazy?'"

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Hero of the faith

John Paul II - a great Hero of the Faith. I hope and pray that the new Pope is inspired to do equally great things. Now only one of the Great Trimuvirate, who defeated the greatest evil of the 20th C with extraordinarily few casualities is alive. I refer, of course, to Marxist- Lennist- Communism and to Reagan, JPII and Thatcher. Not only did this cause far more deaths than Nazi-ism (Stalin killed many many more than Hitler, not to mention Mao and Pol Pot) but Hitler only came to power as an anti-communist and was seen as 'lesser of two evils' - just as Stalin was by Churchill. Many people thought that this struggle could only be ended by nuclear holocaust in World War Three. As it was, victory was not bloodless but relatively so. Faith, hope and determination* - but the greatest of these is faith. A whole host of trumpets sounded for him on the other side!

* so maybe it should be JP2, Reagan and Thatcher!