About me and this blog

I'm a Unitarian minister in Cambridge UK, with sympathies towards a kind of Christian atheismreligious naturalism and communalism, member of DiEM25 and also a jazz bass player, photographer, cyclist and walker. However, the best description of my overall philosophical position was articulated in 1956 by the philosopher Paul Wienpahl who wrote:

 “As I see it, the point is not to identify reality with anything except itself. (Tautologies are, after all, true.) If you wish to persist by asking what reality is; that is, what is really, the answer is that it is what you experience it to be. Reality is as you see, hear, feel, taste and smell it, and as you live it. And it is a multifarious thing. To see this is to be a man without a position. To get out of the mind and into the world, to get beyond language and to the things is to cease to be an idealist or a pragmatist, or an existentialist, or a Christian. I am a man without a position. I do not have the philosophic position that there are no positions or theories or standpoints. (There obviously are.) I am not a sceptic or an agnostic or an atheist. I am simply a man without a position, and this should open the door to detachment” (“An Unorthodox Lecture”—1956).

This blog contains, for the most part, my Sunday morning addresses offered up to the congregation of the Memorial (Unitarian) Church on Emmanuel Road, Cambridge, England. However, you will also find here posts about music and walking and cycling (often accompanied by photographs). A short biography and CV can be found here.

If you want to know why this blog is called CAUTE, just click on this link.

If you want to know why this blog has the subtitle "An archeology of morning" just click on this link.

My important personal theological/philosophical influences include: EpicurusLucretius, Benedict Spinoza, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gerrard WinstanleyMartin Heidegger, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo EmersonLeo TolstoyLudwig Wittgenstein, Søren KierkegaardErnst Bloch, Dietrich BonhoefferPaul Tillich, Henry Nelson Wieman, James Luther Adams, John F. Hayward,  Paul Wienpahl, Thomas Altizer, Donald A. Crosby, Jerome A. StoneGianni VattimoJohn D. Caputo, James C. Edwards, J. L. Schellenberg, Simon Critchley, Knud Ejler Løgstrup,  Henry Bugbee and Edward F. Mooney.

Anyone reading this blog closely will note a change empahsis from a kind of Spinozistic pan(en)theism (2007-2008) to a kind of Christian atheism or religious naturalism (2008/9 onwards. On occasions I have thought about deleting many earlier posts but that would be to make it appear as if I have always thought as I currently do — and that would not be true. So, I have chosen to leave them here, taking heart from Emerson who wrote in his essay Self Reliance: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

When reading this blog I think it is also important to hold in mind throughout the words I quote from Herbert Fingarette in this blog's standfirst:

“These studies are outcomes rather than realised objectives. In making the journey, I have no aims. These studies are intellectual footprints, not blueprints.”

Drinking tea on Unst in the Shetlands
Politically speaking, I've have in the past described my position as being a species of hermeneutic or weak communism but, as I've worked this through, I can see that, actually, a better name for this is probably "Communalism" or "Social Ecology." A good introduction to this latter position can be found at the New Compass website.

I'm also a member and volunteer with DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement initiated by Yanis Varoufakis.

I've written in slightly more detail about "hermeneutic" or "weak" communism in a piece called "Ghostly Communism — An opinion piece" which you can read by clicking this link.

If you are so minded, you can read an example of my more politically inspired addresses here:


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