What kind of duty is called for in Call of Duty?

Games have several important effects. One is that they train us to accept the premise of the game. If I don’t accept that a knight moves two spaces forwards and one sideways, I simply can’t play chess. If I don’t accept that mass murder is necessary, I simply can’t play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare … Continue reading What kind of duty is called for in Call of Duty?

Beyond Enclaves in Palestine (Part 3)

What future can be planned for Palestine? So far in this series we've looked at a nightmare sci-fi segregationalism generated merely from revealing the implications of the Oslo Accords as architectural impressions. We've also looked at a much more positive  spatial plan to develop a central north-south transit corridor, linking most of the main settlements … Continue reading Beyond Enclaves in Palestine (Part 3)

Three questions about religious art for the Archbishop of Westminster

Should religious art be repatriated to churches and other places of worship? According to Ruth Gledhill in the Times, ‘The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, says that The Baptism of Christ, painted in the 1450s by Piero della Francesca, should be displayed in a religious setting such as Westminster Cathedral. In a lecture as … Continue reading Three questions about religious art for the Archbishop of Westminster

Post-Secular Artist? Nine Reflections on the Art of Patrick Heron

The last few years have seen a deep questioning of the central tenets of the theory of secularisation. Far from growing less religious, as the prophets of the post-war period supposed to be our destiny, the world has become more infused with religious attitudes than ever. It is now intellectually respectable, if not yet fully … Continue reading Post-Secular Artist? Nine Reflections on the Art of Patrick Heron