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Edinburgh’s healing beauty

(8 minute read)
Adam Brocklehurst recalls a moment of consolation in the galleries of Scotland’s capital.

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The Epiphany star: still shining after all these years

(10 minute read)
Joseph Evans sees the star which, tradition has it, guided the Wise Men to Jesus as an ancient form of the internet. And he argues that, two millennia on, the tale continues to be relevant for believers and unbelievers alike.

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The making of the great British Christmas

(8 minute read)
The feast described in carols and schmaltzy TV adverts is a complicated patchwork of cultures constantly evolving, as Adam Brocklehurst reveals.

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Art & CultureHistory

Dallying shepherds and muscular Christs: the Pre-Raphaelites as mental wellbeing

(6 minute read)
Adam Brocklehurst believes art can still offer us inspiration in our lockdown state.

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COVID-19HistoryLifestyle

What would Poirot do?

(6 minute read)
Kenson Li learns lessons for lockdown from the great fictional sleuth.

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The efficiency of evil: Auschwitz and the detail of genocide

(7 minute read)
Ronnie Convery is shocked by the minutiae of a death camp and its hideous attention to detail.

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Time to make peace with nature … but how?

(7 minute read)
Richard Bauckham ponders the great challenge to creation posed by our everyday destructiveness.

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Art & CultureHistory

Grimy glory: lessons in beauty from sewage-plants and run-down buildings

(7 minute read)
Self-confessed commoner Adam Brocklehurst explains how the aristocratic Lucinda Lambton has helped him see the world around him with new eyes.

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On graves and greatness

(4 minute read)
Walking through graveyards in Scotland and Italy becomes a surprisingly life-affirming experience for Leonard Franchi.

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Guarding the guardians: what constitutes ‘good’ religion?

(12 minute read)
Having argued that not all forms of religion are positive, Joseph Evans proposes criteria to distinguish the good from the bad.

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