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Jane Austen and the Gospel

I was in Winchester briefly last week and was reminded of my last trip there when I visited the cathedral. There are some really ‘big names’ buried in Winchester; Kings Ethelwulff, Canute, Egbert, William II: Bishops Richard Fox, Steven Gardiner and others, along with various queens and other luminaries. There are some interesting non-royal, non-religious too; people such as Isaac Walton (author of ‘The Compleat Angler) and Jane Austen, the famous late 18th, early 19th century writer.

I was struck by the inscription on Jane’s tomb, which lies in the North aisle of the nave of the cathedral. This tells us that those closest to her, those who loved her, are ‘consoled by a firm though humble hope that her charity, devotion, faith and purity have rendered her soul acceptable in the sight of her Redeemer.’ Read more »


Bernstein’s book, Against the Gods, takes the reader on a remarkable historical journey on the identification and management of risk. Risk involves uncertainty and lack of control about negative unforeseen events. For example, when one buys a house, will it increase or decrease in value? That question is ultimately about risk as no one, short of God, can know for certain the answer to that question. So a buyer must make an educated and informed assessment regarding the likelihood of losing or gaining money on the purchase. Interestingly, the bible has much to say about risk.

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