Maggy Whitehouse

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The Wisdom Cap

The plumber came round on a Tuesday morning wearing a navy blue baseball cap with an image of a mountain and the word Wisdom on it. It really floated my boat to think that you could walk around with “wisdom” on your head so I had to find out how to get one. The answer...

Resurrecting Yourself

Many years ago, my friend Rachel who’s a Greek/Theology scholar amongst many other wonderful things said this: “It’s not the crucifixion and the suffering that are the key, it’s the death. Once you agree to die then resurrection is a done...

Spending the Day Dead

If anyone asks me what I’m doing on Holy Saturday, I always say that I’m spending the day dead. It’s a very peaceful feeling. The point is that this is a day of contemplation; Good Friday is over and Easter Sunday still to come. And I contemplate the...

The Mystical Gospels and the Crucifixion

One of the great theological debates about the New Testament is ‘why four gospels?’ We know that many more were written, including the famous Nag Hammadi scripts. These were Gnostic gospels which had a very different ‘take’ on the world – believing in the idea of...

The Lessons of Betrayal (Maundy Thursday)

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day when Jesus would have come before Pilate and been condemned to die on the cross. You’ll know the story; Judas left the last supper early (and maybe avoided paying—he was such a bad man!) and went to tell the priests and elders...

The Professor, Physics, Atheism And Ableism

On the day Professor Stephen Hawking died, Australian artist Mitchell Toy published an image of him standing in the stars. I thought it beautiful and posted it on social media, as did many others. Fast and furiously came accusations of weak Christianity, spiritual...

Passover, Sacrifice and the Promised Land

This year, the Jewish festival of Passover runs over Eastertide – just as it did at the first Easter. I love the years when they coincide because it helps me to see how both festivals have the same root meaning – betrayal, sacrifice and resurrection. Of course that...

So This is Advent…

It’s Advent 2017 — the start of Christmas, right? Certainly it’s the time when folk like me who refuse to even consider the Festive Season until December finally surrender to the behemoth that is Saturnalia or, at least, to the shopping and preparation thereof....

The Voice In My Soul

I was lying in the bath, pondering the Bible passages that orthodox religious folk use when discussing the folk they disapprove of – as you do – when I got a sentence in my head. This doesn’t happen all that often. And when the sentence appears in...

God, Gays and the Rainbow Clerical Shirt.

Today I bought a rainbow-coloured clerical shirt for going to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. I’m not gay and, to be totally honest, gay marriage still makes me feel slightly weird. It’s not that I don’t support the idea, I do—it’s just that...