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St Aidan established a monastery on Lindisfarne in 635 AD, where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created some years later, and we have just commemorated St Aidan on 31 August 2020.

When we think of this Monk and about the beautiful illuminated pages of this valued scripture which must have been inspired by the surroundings of Lindisfarne, his mind must have been full of adoration for our Creator and all his works. The illustrations, painted with colours that glow like some stained glass windows, show St Aidan's love of birds and animals living around him. 

Looking at the complicated designs twisting and interlacing around the page in a forever circular movement makes us contemplate our own lives which are full of twists and turns ... mazes perhaps, not knowing where life is taking us, or what is going to face us around the next corner. There is wonder and beauty in our world but also we can be fearful and puzzled by the things we don’t understand, especially at this moment during this pandemic and especially during times of suffering and death.

Tenet is the movie industry’s hope to draw us back to multiplexes and reinvigorate one of our culture’s very own religious gatherings: communal catharsis by way of morality, music, and associated sacred food and drink.

It will be up to audiences to decide whether or not Tenet is worthy of this mantle. Christopher Nolan has made a film that brings us to the edge of our understanding. And then it invites us to step over that edge. For this reason, it will surely divide audiences as it already has done critics.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

When it comes to words of spiritual wisdom, there’s a fine line between cliché and life-giving truth.

I remember the day, back in March, when my son returned from school for the last time. He was due to sit GCSEs this year, but in two days went from full-on revision mode to the shock of finishing school. We stared at the exercise books strewn across his bedroom floor.

‘Nothing is wasted’, I heard myself say, tentatively.

Maybe.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

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