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Orpheus, Orphism and the Orphic Mysteries

Orpheus was a legendary ancient Greek musician, singer, poet and philosopher from Thrace, said to be the ancestor of the poets Homer and Hesiod. In ancient lore, Orpheus could charm wild beasts with his melodious lyre (a musical instrument, like … Continue reading


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Rudolf Otto – pioneering and influential German theologian (and probably part-mystic)

Rudolf Otto (1869-1937) was a German Lutheran theologian who wrote an influential book called Das Heilige: Über das Irrationale in der Idee des Göttlichen und sein Verhältnis zum Rationalen (1917) [English translation: The Idea of the Holy (1923)] which, as the … Continue reading


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Protestantism – Another take on the Biblical Jesus

The Apprentice Boys March of the Orange Order leads through a street in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The march, which involves the playing of traditional Orange songs such as ‘The Sash My Father Wore’, celebrates the ending of a seige on … Continue reading


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Psyche – More than a bundle of chemicals

Psyche (Greek: soul or spirit) is the personification of the soul in Graeco-Latin myth. The early Roman writer Apuleius looks at psychological transformation and the love between Cupid and Psyche in The Golden Ass, one of the earliest surviving Latin texts. Apuleius is … Continue reading


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The Son, Catholicism and its Critics

In Christian theology, the Son is part of the Holy Trinity. The Christian Trinity refers to the belief that God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit form a co-equal, co-eternal mystical union. Jesus, the Son, is fully human … Continue reading


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Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) was an Austrian physicist who attempted to overcome the apparent particle- wave duality with his now famous wave equation. Various interpretations of Schrödinger’s wave equation have arisen. For some, particles are seen as wave packets. Others suggest … Continue reading

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