Bahá’í: religion for the modern world

Bahá’í is what we might consider to be a ‘new religious movement’, because it has only come about within the last 150 years. It considers its recent emergence to be one more step on humanity’s advancement towards maturity, as the Bahá’ís believe that all religions brought about great leaps in human progress and understanding. Bahá’í […]

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The highs and lows of the downers and uppers

My first drugs experience was distinctly underwhelming. Tipsy off a couple of shots of vodka, I threw years of school-administered anti-drugs indoctrination to the wayside when, outside a 17th birthday party, I took my maiden drag from a moist-ended, clumsily-rolled joint. Nothing happened, apart from suppressing some guilty coughs. I didn’t see pink elephants; I […]

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You’ve been reading … Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments

“So what’s it actually like, studying at Oxford?” After the awkward cough and shuffle that accompanies any admission of our alma mater, I am sure it is a question we have all been asked. My next step is always a brief exposition of the college system (that is both incomplete and inaccurate) and a poor […]

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