Examining the evidence, peace by peace

QUESTIONS have been playing on actor David Suchet’s mind. ‘From the beginnings of my conversion to Christianity in 1986,’ he says, ‘I’ve been troubled by the antagonism between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They all come from the same root in the Old Testament. So if we all believe in the same God, and if we know God to be the God of love, compassion and patience, where’s it going wrong? I wanted to investigate.’

Story stands the test of time

WHEN schoolgirl Meg Murry (Storm Reid) learns that her father, who had mysteriously disappeared, is alive but in danger, she sets off to try to save him. Cinemagoers who watch A Wrinkle in Time, released yesterday (Friday 23 March), will find out if she is successful.

The rest is history... and more

HISTORIAN Mary Beard was looking at a painting of Jesus’ crucifixion. Reflecting on the Tintoretto masterpiece during BBC Two’s Civilisations on Thursday (22 March), she said the message of the painting was that ‘the Crucifixion is both a historical event in past time and a religious event which breaks down the barriers of time and space’.

On good authority

PEOPLE are not always taken at face value nowadays. Practically every facet of everyday life requires some proof of identity. We need it to purchase our season tickets and bus pass and many employees have to wear a name badge in the workplace. Even people in authority and positions of trust, such as police officers, are required to show some form of official credentials when called to an incident.

My sister was abducted and murdered – but I came to forgive her killers

‘HOW can a person find inner peace without denying the reality of human atrocity?’ It’s a haunting question posed by author Marian Partington – and one she is still trying to answer herself.

On 27 December 1973, Marian’s 21-year-old sister Lucy left her friend’s house in Cheltenham intending to catch the 10.15 pm bus to the family home in Gretton, a nearby village. She was never seen again. Fearing the worst but hoping desperately for the best, relatives, friends and police wondered what happened to her.

Money matters

ANYONE with the slightest trace of Irish blood in their veins will know that today (Saturday 17 March) is St Patrick’s Day. For some it will be just another day, but for others it will prompt a 24-hour party. In Dublin, the celebrations have been spread over a five-day period with the St Patrick’s Festival concluding on Monday.

Jenny's story

She spent most of her teenage years being groomed by her elderly neighbour and registered sex offender ‘Keith’.  At  17, Keith moved away and she was pawned off to a gang of men, who illegally traded her as a sex slave. Although she was never paid - except in phone credit, cigarettes, or drugs -  the gang made a lot of money out of her services, while she endured unimaginable horror, and was thrown out of the family home.

Questions come in waves

WHO? Why? What? When? Where? How?

According to a study reported on the website of The Independent, four-year-old children ask their parents up to 73 ques­tions a day, beginning as early as 6 am and not stopping until bedtime. You may recognise some of them: ‘Why do peo­ple die? What is God? How was I made? Why do I have to go to school? Why can’t I stay up as late as you?’

Planet earth: Handle with care

 Dr Moo, what is your academic background?

As an undergrad, I studied biology and English literature in Chicago. I then spent a year working in a seminary. While I was there, I enrolled on a theology course. I then did a master’s degree in wildlife biology at Utah State University, followed by time studying the New Testament and the Old Testament in Boston, before completing a PhD in early Judaism and the New Testament at Cambridge University.