Between Heaven and Charing Cross by Martin Warner

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It is also vital that we should take note of what contemporary scientific research has to tell us about the mind and how it functions as part of our being human. Knowledge and Nostalgia 35 In a recent Boyle Lecture in the Church of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London, Malcolm Jeeves, an eminent Professor of Psychology, spoke about how to understand the relationship between psychological and neurological enquiry (research on how the brain works), and religion. Some areas of common ground emerged quite swiftly.

We shall explore the sense of purpose and destiny that comes from being made by God and makes us restless, as St Augustine puts it, for our maker. The Integrity of the Human Person In the perception and practice of the Christian faith, the human person is a unity. It is not the hands alone, nor the head alone that inspire us or enable us to communicate. Integrity, that statement of being together, being whole, is about the nature of the integration of all that we are, everything about us that contributes to the ways in which we know and handle our experience of the world, other people, ourselves and God.

Placing into the hands of this woman the body of Jesus was an extraordinary experience. It was as though one were consciously giving her the body of another son whose life would be taken from 26 Between Heaven and Charing Cross him by cruel circumstance, but at the same time it was a son whose life would be restored in the glory of resurrection. This resurrection life would be the sign of a new creation into which baptism already admits us, even while we live out our time in this old and mortal life.

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