Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England

For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead.

It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian.

Memo to Hawking: There's Still Room for God

Wall Street Journal - 24/09/2010

Neither Kant nor Einstein thought physics explained everything.

How did the universe begin? Some think the question has no answer—that it lies beyond the limits of human reason.

Is religion a force for the good?

The Independent - 26/11/10

Just as there are bad people with religious beliefs, so there are good people without them. So what does religion add to morality and why is the addition good? The first thing that religion adds is the idea of the sacred.

The Wilderness Obsession

The American Spectator - 5/11/2010

The environmental movement in America began as a defense of nature against man. But what we call "nature" is a human construct, and when Thoreau and John Muir set out to protect the unspoiled wilderness, they were really trying to create the unspoilt human being who would walk in it.

Effing the Ineffable

Big Questions online - 4/11/2010

How do we express what cannot be said?

Thomas Aquinas, who devoted some two million words to spelling out, in the Summa Theologica, the nature of the world, God's purpose in creating it and our fate in traversing it, ended his short life (short by our standards, at least) in a state of ecstasy, declaring that all that he had written was of no significance beside the beatific vision that he had been granted, and in the face of which words fail.

Politics as a Profession

The American Spectator - 6/10/2010

Angelo Codevilla's examination of the American political class in The American Spectator of July this year will surely take its place among the seminal texts of American conservatism. It brings into clear focus the great danger to the American settlement that has arisen during the course of the last century -- which is the slow, steady confiscation of political decisions by a self-defining elite.

The Idea of a University

The American Spectator - 5/09/10

The pope is about to visit England, and is expected during the visit to announce the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the scholar, priest, and poet, who left the Anglican for the Roman Catholic Church in 1845, and who was to become the most important Catholic intellectual of his time.

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Planning for the future - Commons debate 12 March 2020

Co-Chair Nicholas Boys-Smith has kindly shared the below links to two recent House of Commons debates futuring comments about the BBBBC. https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-03-12/debates/3D651FDE-D43F-4436-88C7-AD4BE4C6E5DC/PlanningForTheFuture https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-03-12/debates/D6DDB1D5-70C2-4DB7-9A0D-F8251FA499F2/CommunityHousing

News from Scrutopia - 1st April 2020

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News from Scrutopia - 31st January 2020

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Living with beauty: report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

‘Living with Beauty’ the report of the Building Beautiful Building Better Commission was launched on 30th January by the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP and Roger’s co-chair Nicholas Boys-Smith....

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Souls in the Twilight

Beaufort Books  (October 2018) As the lights that have guided us go out, people begin to wander in the twilight, seeking their place of belonging. In these stories, set in...

Music as an Art

Bloomsbury  (August 2018) Music as an Art begins by examining music through a philosophical lens, engaging in discussions about tonality, music and the moral life, music and cognitive science and German...

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

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