Christianity, culture and Culture

It is sometimes difficult in our modern, secularised world to remember just how big a part religion has played in most people’s lives throughout history. By today’s standards I’m something of an oddball: a 30-something female who regularly goes to church, reads her Bible, and believes that Jesus Christ is the one true Son of God, the giver of salvation and eternal life. Continue reading “Christianity, culture and Culture”

Author Profile: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Why read Dickens? Sure he was popular in his day – the most popular author of the Victorian era, it is often said – but that was well over a hundred years ago now. Why, in the 21st century, should we still care about what this moralising freelance reporter has to say? Continue reading “Author Profile: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)”

What is ‘The Culture Project’?

What is culture? It’s a word that comes loaded with many different meanings. Yoghurt, sauerkraut, wine and cheese are all cultured foods, produced by introducing bacteria, fungus or yeast into a particular food in a particular way. To speak of a person’s culture is to speak of their heritage: the food, clothing, art, architecture, dance, rituals and so forth that form their past and inform their present. Continue reading “What is ‘The Culture Project’?”