Politics, Poverty, Social commentary

‘Individual sovereignty is over-stated by the right and underemphasised by the left’

The relationship between social justice and personal responsibility is an inescapable subject in discussions about poverty. Where is the line between what is the state’s responsibility and the responsibility of the individual? Most of the conferences and events I attend focus on ‘systems change’ and how resources are allocated and managed. Focussing on the failures… Continue reading ‘Individual sovereignty is over-stated by the right and underemphasised by the left’

Politics, Recommended books & reviews

‘Saving Liberalism from Itself’ – by Ian Geary

A review of Saving Liberalism from Itself: The Spirit of Political Participation by Timothy Stacey, 2022 Understanding the contemporary variant of liberalism which dominates the West at this time is an important subject for the Church in order to understand its mission and witness.   Liberalism places human freedom at the centre of economics, politics… Continue reading ‘Saving Liberalism from Itself’ – by Ian Geary

Politics, Theology

Dividing body, soul & spirit: Gnostic heresies live on – by Martin Kuhrt

When I was a student in the 1980s, one of my left-wing, feminist friends said that the Prime Minister of the time, Margaret Thatcher, ‘was not really a woman’. At the time, I laughed it off. But I thought about it again this week when the Labour MP Rupa Huq told a fringe meeting at… Continue reading Dividing body, soul & spirit: Gnostic heresies live on – by Martin Kuhrt

Politics, Recommended books & reviews

‘A toolbox for peace & liberation’? An activist reads the Bible

Review of Open for Liberation: an activist reads the Bible – by Tim Gee (Christian Alternative, 2022) Tim Gee believes the Bible is chiefly a narrative of liberation for the oppressed. In Open for Liberation, he claims Jesus led an anti-colonial movement of the dispossessed which affirmed women's leadership, racial equality and sexual diversity. Gee… Continue reading ‘A toolbox for peace & liberation’? An activist reads the Bible

Ethics & Christian living, Politics

Jesus and guns: faith, politics & polarisation

It would be hard to find a more succinct summary of the polarisation of religion and politics than the campaign bus of Kandiss Taylor who is running for Governor in Georgia. Three starred bullet-points tells you all you need to know about her core commitments: Jesus. Guns. Babies. When I first saw this picture, I… Continue reading Jesus and guns: faith, politics & polarisation

Politics

What’s the point of the Labour Party? – by Alan Bolchover

After the disaster of losing the seat of Hartlepool by a landslide, the Labour Party is doing what it does best: navel-gazing.  The day after the election both the left and right of the party came out, guns blazing...on each other.  Peter Mandelson was on Sky blaming the defeat on the continuing negative impact of… Continue reading What’s the point of the Labour Party? – by Alan Bolchover

Politics

Possessed by a cult of ‘Christian’ nationalism

For many people the Christian support for Donald Trump is one of the most mystifying and worrying aspects of US politics. It was no surprise to see Jesus banners amongst those carried by those who stormed the Capitol building. Four years ago, an old school friend, Nick Miles, wrote a guest post on why he,… Continue reading Possessed by a cult of ‘Christian’ nationalism

Ethics & Christian living, Politics

‘Here Are Your Gods!’ by Christopher Wright [Review] – Greg Smith

This is a short and easily readable book, aimed at a student or educated lay Christian audience. The author is an established Old Testament scholar and missiologist, working for the Langham Partnership.  It offers a clear, conservative exposition of key biblical texts about idolatry, with a radical, practical and political application in today’s world. Political idolatry The… Continue reading ‘Here Are Your Gods!’ by Christopher Wright [Review] – Greg Smith

Politics

Faith in Politics Simplified

My 16 year old son Danny is really into politics. He and some friends have started a youtube channel Politics Simplified which aims to explain political processes and ideas to young people. Here is one of their videos about the First Past the Post voting system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNc_o5P38rk&t=62s Recently, they also went to Parliament to interview… Continue reading Faith in Politics Simplified