Maggy Whitehouse

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The Truth about Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene by Janet McKenzie. Mary Magdalene has always been one of the most misunderstood – and unfairly reviled – women in religious history. She is still misinterpreted by those who wish her only well and who see her as the Holy Grail, the wife of Christ. Her...

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...

Children of a Greater God

 Until about a hundred years ago, we were all pretty comfortable with a small, exclusive, tribal God. We lived in villages, towns and cities without a wider view of the world and when news came it was generally several days old. Even when we got radio and TV, what we...