I had a Horrible Dream in which I Watched You Die

posted 23/3/14

The philosopher Jean Paul Sartre’s view of freedom and responsibility can initially be difficult to grasp. His claim that we are radically free to choose different options at every given moment can sound like he’s saying there’s a part of us that can weigh up different situations and then make a decision concerning what to […]

You Are Responsible For Nothing

posted 2/6/13

The famous philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once wrote that we are “condemned to freedom”. For Sartre this meant that we are responsible beings. However we are not merely responsible for the decisions we make. In addition to this he drew out how we are also responsible for the decisions we postpone or fail to act on. This […]

I am a monster…

posted 11/11/10

Whenever we encounter a person as “other” (i.e. as having beliefs and engaging in practices that are foreign to us) we can often experience them as monstrous. In other words, their beliefs and practices appear unfounded and can repel us, confuse us and even frighten us (sometimes for good reason). However there is what Slavoj […]

I taught him everything he knows

posted 8/5/09

My good friend Kester Brewin (author of The Complex Christ/Signs of Emergence) has returned to the virtual world with a bang. He is currently exploring Sartre’s idea of bad faith in relation to the religion/spirituality divide. Kester has been involved in some of the most inovative faith expressions in the UK and his thinking is […]