We live in a peculiar age. Our technological world depends on logic, reason and science, yet increasingly we find ourselves doing things that are illogical, acting on impulse, flying in the face of reason. Films skate swiftly over gaping holes in the plot, advertisements flaunt reality, politicians appeal to sentiment rather than sense. Don’t worry about the facts, just enjoy the experience!
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In this December run-up to Christmas, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, I want to explore Christmas by focusing on carols and what they say. Most of the carols will be familiar to you, particularly if you’ve been a churchgoer for some years. Others are new. Whether they are old or new I want to use them to point to the truth of the Christmas season.
I’ve been reflecting on the announcement from Oxford Dictionaries that, courtesy of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump amongst other things, the Word of the Year 2016 is ‘post-truth’. This is defined as referring to ‘circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. In other words, it’s the situation where people ignore facts in favour of feelings.
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Many of us are still adjusting to the second great political upheaval of the year. For some it is a time of delight and for others one of dismay.
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