From time to time, bloggers here have taken the opportunity to advertise their own work or direct attention to a commentator that they personally find of interest. This doesn’t seem a wild abuse of blogging privileges, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a plug for someone
in return for a case of wine whose commentary I had enjoyed.
Though, as he has privately admitted, his work is in fact “all bluff” and he is actually “very non-useful and quite silly” I do take Tim Skellet at his word when he swears that he is “still a nice bloke” despite his atheistic secular humanism. There is, I think, something to be said for trying, as he does, to be “simply live-and-let-live”. And there’s something to be said for the claim, expressed in the title of one his pieces for the Guardian, that “Atheists can have a genuine conversation with believers.” I think he has a point when he argues, as the subtitle of his Comment is Free piece suggests, that “talking with people is more likely to bring results than talking at them” and “there’s no point casting a whole culture as the enemy”. Comments on that topic are, of course, most welcome here.
More recently Tim has written an interesting blog piece titled ‘God behind bars, atheism in cells: prison chaplains and some issues’. As he notes, “there are all sorts of issues surrounding the nature and work of prison chaplaincies” and he points to a number of them. I share some of his concerns about “supposed secularization” that is actually “mere removal of social services” and welcome his attempt to open up a discussion that will hopefully receive input from religious and secular-humanist prison chaplains alike. There are worse things to advertise and I’m happy to point readers in the direction of Tim’s post.
On an unrelated topic, I do find a Clairet quite agreeable.