The result of Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday still looks too close to call. On Friday we will know and, whatever happens, things cannot and should not ever be the same again for Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom. Whatever the outcome, three major challenges are already obvious.
David Barclay. a Scot living in England, explains why he thinks we are better together.
Doug Gay, active in the campaign for a YES vote, sets out why he is voting for independence
THIS is a hugely important book. It is about the end of a habitable earth, and how to avert that.
This paper, subtitled “Some reflections on Indaba in the Anglican Communion by a realistic traditionalist” was written for the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba Project, in conjunction with a North American meeting of the project held at Virginia Seminary, in April 2010. As the Church of England begins its Shared Conversations at the College of Bishops we are grateful for permission to republish it on Fulcrum
The decision is a far-reaching one, so it is important to be clear on exactly what it is about. I offer here no argument for or against independence but merely one proposal as to how to construe what is being decided.
One of the books I read over the summer was Andrew Atherstone’s fascinating biography of Justin Welby. It is a considerably expanded version of the short book which Atherstone wrote immediately after it was announced that Welby would be Archbishop. The first thing which strikes you in opening the book is the thoroughness of the research. Atherstone has […]
Too often, conservatives destroy. When conservatives destroy, it’s most often when they seek to liberate illiberally. Perhaps you’re a witness. The new leader arrives, eyes filled with passion, and head filled with thoughts about the struggles of the surrounding world and how they threaten the institution he’s called to lead. Perhaps it’s a school or […]
One of the texts often quoted in defence of the concept of ‘male headship’ is 1 Tim 2. 8 – 15, although, of course, the language of ‘head’ comes from 1 Corinthians. It is presented as a definitive statement of the Apostle’s view about the impermissibility of women teaching or exercising authority over men in the Church….However, there is another way of looking at this text.
To summarise a book of over 1500 pages – roughly 800,000 words, or 25 times the length of the 13-letter Pauline corpus and probably longer than the Bible – in a sentence might be thought a foolhardy enterprise, but I think it can be done, because of the book’s overall coherence. Its central contention, at least as far as Paul’s theology is concerned, is as follows: Paul inherited from his pre-Christian Judaism the central foci of monotheism, election and eschatology, and he retained but fundamentally rethought all of these in the light of Christ and the Spirit.
Text of an address given on 2nd June 2014 by The Revd Lis Goddard, Chair of AWESOME, at the celebration of 20 years of women’s ordination as priests in Derby Diocese.
An important review of The Pilling Report and a similar study from the Church of Scotland
Sermon given at the Civic Service, St James’s Church, Poole, Dorset, Sunday 3 August 2014