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Born: 1950-06-14
Profession: Theologian
Nation: English
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And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God's loving wisdom become actualities - interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm.

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As the gospels present it to us, the mission of Jesus of Nazareth is about the way in which the community of God's people - historically, the Jewish people who had first received the law and the covenant - is being re-created in relation to Jesus himself.

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At the end of the Middle Ages, nobody would ever have expected the monasteries to vanish from the scene within a generation - yet they did. Change does happen.

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Christian teaching about sex is not a set of isolated prohibitions; it is an integral part of what the Bible has to say about living in such a way that our lives communicate the character of God.

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Economists are coming to acknowledge that measures of national wealth and poverty in terms strictly of average income tell you little that is significant of the health or viability of a society.

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Even when I was Archbishop of Wales and working with new bishops, I used to say, not realising quite how true it was, 'One of the things you will do as a bishop is disappoint people'.

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I do feel that federation, loose parallel processes, are less than we've got, less than we could have and, in the very long run, less than what God wants in the Church.

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In sharp contrast to the idea that this stage of life is enviable, we hear high levels of anxiety about getting old, anxieties about health, mobility, access to facilities, simple routine care and attention.

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In spite of the haze of speculation, it is still something of a shock to find myself here, coming to terms with an enormous trust placed in my hands and with the inevitable sense of inadequacy that goes with that.

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In the context of interfaith encounter, we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do - not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty.

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Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing.

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Institutions develop because people put a lot of trust in them, they meet real needs, they represent important aspirations, whether it's monasteries, media, or banks, people begin by trusting these institutions, and gradually the suspicion develops that actually they're working for themselves, not for the community.

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It is impossible to deny that Christians and Muslims have a common agenda here: both faiths have at their heart the living image of a community raised up by God's call to reveal to the world what God's purpose is for humanity.

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Keeping our eyes on journey's end is what we need - the place where we see at last the world that is greater than the world, the new creation that cannot be contained in present thought or social order or piety.

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Let's cut to the chase, the sharia controversy. I don't think I, or my colleagues, predicted just how enormous the reaction would be. I failed to find the right words. I succeeded in confusing people. I've made mistakes - that's probably one of them.

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St Paul, in his second letter to Corinth, spells this out further in the important eighth and ninth chapters, where he urges some of the Christian communities to be generous to others so that they may also have the chance to be generous in return.

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The answer was that in Burundi, having a clean bill of health has taken on a very particular meaning: unless and until you have paid for your hospital treatment, you simply can't leave, you are in effect a captive.

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The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.

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The twentieth century may tell us that we have nothing to be complacent about in the recent history of humankind; but it also tells us that there is nothing inevitable about tyranny.

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To be a Christian is to believe we are commanded and authorised to say certain things to the world; to say things that will make disciples of all nations.

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To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one's own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty.

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Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons. If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest.

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What can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession? The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism.

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Marriage has a unique place because it speaks of an absolute faithfulness, a covenant between radically different persons, male and female; and so it echoes the absolute covenant of God with his chosen, a covenant between radically different partners.

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Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.

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Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.

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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.

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A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component in the maintenance of genuinely public talk, argument about common good.

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I value unity because I believe we learn truth from each other in this process.

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I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort.

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Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it'. And that really won't do.

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A public is a necessary fiction.

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Actual human discourse happens within a number of contexts, not in some sort of unified public forum.

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Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor - but the Church is not a campaign.

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Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.

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I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles have decided to take this important step.

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I think there is a great deal of interest still in the Christian faith.

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In a spiritually sensitive culture, then, it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.

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In loving his own productive, generative, generous love, God loves all those ways in which that love can be realised in creation.

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My visit this autumn is an opportunity to continue that rich tradition of visits between Canterbury and Rome.

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One of the most powerful defences the media can offer for controversial actions is, of course, public interest.

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So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order.

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The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world.

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The world's creation has a beginning from the world's point of view, not from God's.

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To conclude: good journalism is one of the models of good conversation and communication in the wider social context.

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We are called to show utter commitment to the God who is revealed in Jesus and to all those to whom His invitation is addressed.

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We shall not find life by refusing to let go of our precious, protected selves.

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Well, today, the diocese is more than ever a microcosm.

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Have you heard of this new thing called the internet? It's giving people new expectations. It's allowing them to become their own expert. Knowledge lies anxious at their fingertips. Gloss over the truth in your advertising and you'll quickly be dismissed as a poser.

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Human beings are creators, flinging powerful images into the minds of their fellow men. And all of these images are built of tiny particles of thought.

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It appears that the media filters we carry in our heads are like computers: they've been forced to get faster in order to keep up with the demands our high-speed society puts on them.

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Month after month, Wizard Academy equips people who want to make a difference. This is why journalists and scientists and artists and educators and business owners and advertising professionals and ministers are attracted to our little school.

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One thing that hasn't changed, though, is that we still have to hear the new ad 2 or 3 times before it begins to affect us, even when we're already familiar with the advertiser in question and have a positive opinion of them.

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What this means is that the first week of every new series of ads will continue to yield softer results than you can expect to see in weeks two and three.

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You see a person when you look in the mirror that no one sees but you. Other people see a person when they look at you, but you're not that person, either.

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A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.

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In essence, String Theory describes space and time, matter and energy, gravity and light, indeed all of God's creation... as music.

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Einstein was searching for String Theory. It not only reconciles General Relativity to Quantum Mechanics, but it reconciles Science and the Bible as well.

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Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?

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A visual image in the hand of an artist is merely a tool to trigger a mental image.

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In marketing you must choose between boredom, shouting and seduction. Which do you want?

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Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity are both accepted as scientific fact even though they're mutually exclusive. Albert Einstein spent the second half of his life searching for a unifying truth that would reconcile the two.

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A good story often increases the salability of an item without increasing its actual value.

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A meaningless statement remains meaningless no matter how often it's heard.

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A visual image is a simple thing, a picture that enters the eyes.

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Consequently, a young business often grows by large percentages. Mature businesses rarely do.

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Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't hate advertising.

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If you're not worried that you're pricing it too cheap, you're not pricing it cheap enough.

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No trade will be made unless they want the thing more than they want their money.

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Numerals are images of amounts. But the amounts they represent are real.

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People don't trade money for things when they value their money more highly than they value the things.

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Strings of gravity vibrate at a different frequency than strings of light.

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The first step in exceeding your customer's expectations is to know those expectations.

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The salability of an item can often be improved while the value itself remains unchanged.

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The value of an item - in the mind of a consumer - is simply the difference between the anticipated price and the price on the tag.

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Words are mere shadows cast by ideas. But the ideas they represent are real.

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Writing good ads is easy when you have something to say.

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According to String Theory, what appears to be empty space is actually a tumultuous ocean of strings vibrating at the precise frequencies that create the 4 dimensions you and I call height, width, depth and time.

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String Theory describes energy and matter as being composed of tiny, wiggling strands of energy that look like strings. And the pitch of a string's vibration determines the nature of its effect.

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A portal is a transitionary device of sight or sound that functions as a sort of third gravitating body between the this and the that, pulling us toward itself, allowing us to bridge into the unknown from the known.

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I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

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