Viewing entries posted in March 2013
Last Sunday, in a packed Conway Hall, we sang Knockin' on
Heaven's Door and Remember My Name, Fame!. The hymns were
part of Stephen Cave's secular sermon on immortality, a
topic the philosopher studied for his first book
'Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever...
It can come as something of a surprise to learn that western
religions are not much interested in immortality. Take
ancient Judaism, the Judaism of the Hebrew Bible.
Immortality is hardly mentioned. Humans are said to go to
‘sheol’, a shadowy subterranean abode, or...
I wish I could live forever. Though maybe in a different
body, with a new nose. Do great authors of the past and
present have any wisdom to impart on this theme? Which are
the best ones to read?
This is a...
The final principle of successful optimists is easy to say
and hard to do. It is simply this: try to kick out your
It’s hard to do because cynicism has become embedded in
our society and is even held up as wisdom. But...
One of the greatest preoccupations of humanity is how to
resist our mortality. But does our fantasy of living forever
in fact stop us living fully? Author of Immortality Stephen
Cave thinks so. Here he explores our desire to outwit death,
and gives us...
In December 1817, the poet John Keats, then twenty-two years
old, went to see the annual Christmas pantomime at the
Theatre Royal, in London’s Drury Lane. Also in attendance
was his friend, the critic Charles Wentworth Dilke, and as
they strolled home, the two...