The most important affirmation in Scripture about Mammon is the claim that ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’ (Ps 24.1). Ultimately, no individual owns anything, but has it on trust from God.
I recently came across this joke about the nuclear deterrence debate: “it’s like a prehistoric bug trapped in amber: it had obviously been alive once, but it hadn’t moved in millions of years”. This characterisation was offered in 1987 (by Philip Bobbitt in Democracy and Deterrence). Nearly thirty years later, little appears to have changed. … Continue Reading
Are Christian supporters of same-sex marriage simply extending the traditional teaching about sex and marriage to same-sex couples and what would that look like? Or are they – as seems to be the case with most secular supporters – simply welcoming the rectifying of an injustice which now gives gay and lesbian couples the same options to choose from in relation to structuring their relationships as straight couples have had for some time?
Professor Andrew Bush reflects on the Charleston murders
In this summary of his longer paper, David Atkinson addresses four questions often raised about the Christian response to climate change.
The time has come for the coherent Christian message of peace to flow round the world.
THIS is a hugely important book. It is about the end of a habitable earth, and how to avert that.
Yet the value of having freedom to choose is not found in simply having the choices available. It is in having the freedom to make the right choices…It simply cannot be based only on the notion of the freedom and right to choose. It must be based on other values.
There is a large, hidden question behind Carey’s comments, and it is a question behind the key ethical issues of our day, including the related debate (as much as there is one) about abortion, but particularly in the debate about sexuality. That question is the role of experience. Carey and others are basing their case on their own experience, in this case of encounters with those suffering and facing death, and the experiences of those they have met. And in the discussion these experiences are presented as the end of all argument. If this is my experience, how can you argue against it?
As we approach the House of Lords’ debate on Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, it is clear that there is a concerted attempt to undermine the church’s traditional opposition to laws enabling the killing of the suffering and dying. What follows offers the briefest of sketches of some of the main false steps in recent Christian arguments.