Mark Collins commented on Mark Collins's article Identity - who are we?
"I am sure shared activity and experience is a hugely important mechanism to enable us to be at ease with people who are different to ourselves. It's hard to be focussing on difference when you're emerged in wonderful music or a enjoying a splendid…"
5 hours ago
Richard Morris commented on Mark Collins's article Identity - who are we?
"Thank you Mark for such a thoughtful post. As I began to read, the first thoughts about my own identity were: white, British, middle class. Oh and male. None of these markers of identity made me proud, indeed rather the reverse: a sense of guilt and…"
10 hours ago
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There is so much talk these days about identity, arguments about whether people should be able to identify in ways that feel natural to themselves, even when it challenges the norms that the majority of society has evolved to accept. I’m thinking…
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Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article 12 Lessons - Fixing Britain with Louise Casey
"I have read your comments - all good stuff.  My question though is, with all governments, but particularly the last few, do they really want to fix the problems?  Best case they don't really care, worst cast they are deliberately creating a climate…"
Jan 16
Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article Leaping into Faith?
"Something else that springs to mind - we need to differentiate evidence from explanation.  There are lots of credible reasons and explanations concerning why people believe things, but I would suggest that many of those things have nothing to do…"
Nov 29, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article Leaping into Faith?
"'The person concerned knows and regards as valid'.  This is a major divergence between what I regard as evidence, namely things that can be demonstrated shared and verified by e.g. the scientific method and opinion, which may be real to the person…"
Nov 29, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article Leaping into Faith?
"Why don't you suggest some edits to the Wikipedia article and see what happens! :)"
Nov 22, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article The real problem ...
"Hi Richard - first of all welcome to Just Human!Thanks for sharing a more positive response from the Home Office to counter my negative experience and impression from the public proclamations by politicians.It would seem the goverment is determined…"
Nov 19, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Brian Monahan's article Leaping into Faith?
"The problem with the bus analogy is that often faith doesn't even have the bus or the unknown driver as evidence.  There is nothing whatsoever to tangibly justify the faith in a satisfactory journey.
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Nov 17, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Politics: Some Underlying Issues
"I think perhaps one of the biggest issue that does, and probably always has, diminished political discourse is that so very many people opt out of it, either by refusing to seek engagement and understanding and simply reacting to events that are in…"
Nov 16, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Wonder, Mystery and Awe
"I've just re-read my comment and I should first apologise for the grammar. Dreadful!  I think you are saying exactly the same thing in different words - the woodland walk is a good illustration.  How we feel is often massively influenced by our…"
Nov 15, 2023
Mark Collins published an article
[Back to Reason, Science and Faith]
Definitions
I’ve looked up the word ‘faith’ in a few dictionaries, here are a couple of examples. Oxford language: 1. complete trust of confidence in someone or something.
2. strong belief in the doctrines of a…
Nov 14, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Wonder, Mystery and Awe
"I am deeply suspicious words such as 'deeper reality'. By definition there is only one reality.  If something isn't real it is false.  People frequently credit deeply felt emotion to outside influence, when it is always a personal reaction to…"
Nov 14, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post A Conversation about Other Religions
"Why bother.  Sounds like a plan. But more seriously, I take issue with the term 'spiritual path'. It is meaningless, so in a sense they are all the same! If people were to talk about a journey into awareness of others, seeing self in the bigger…"
Nov 13, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post What we want for our children
"Who we are is to me more important than what we do.  I cannot claim to have been a great influence on my children, I have many regrets.  However I take great pride in the fact that some of my values, empathy, care, intelligent thought and resilience…"
Nov 13, 2023
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article Faith
" We have faith the driver of the bus will deliver us to the published destination - but of course we know there is an outside chance he won't. They could have a heart attach, there could be roadworks or an accident, or in rare instances they could…"
Nov 12, 2023
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