by John Bunyan
from Signs of the Times No. 70 - Jul 2018

Canon Tilby’s article (Church Times 27th April 2018) is all too relevant to the few liberals left in Sydney Diocese, where a very radical conservative Evangelical takeover is almost complete.

With major changes in the last 20 years, neo-puritanism is now dominant amongst the clergy. A small number of ministers retain the conservative evangelical but recognisably Anglican approach of Archbishops Loane, Robinson and Goodhew. But in parochial positions there are now no liberals, only a few ‘liberal catholic’ clergy of a rather elite ‘affirming Catholicism’ kind, and hardly any ‘middle of the road’.

by F. Gerald Downing
from Signs of the Times No. 70 - Jul 2018

Although to my mind Adrian Thatcher had the better of the argument with John Goodchild (on God as Trinity, Signs of the Times April 2018), I suggest both would gain from a wider reading of the agreed sources, rather than relying on the theologians’ common focus of abstract metaphysics.

A much more promising and perhaps more engaging field would be ancient talk of ‘friendship’, both in the New Testament scriptures and in the ‘Fathers’ - the Cappadocians in particular.

Report on the South West Regional Day Conference, Saturday 12th May 2018, by Jonathan Draper
from Signs of the Times No. 70 - Jul 2018

Twenty members (and friends) of Modern Church met in Bath on Saturday 12th May to hear Bob Reiss talk about his book Sceptical Christianity (reviewed in Signs of the Times January 2017), and to discuss with him and each other a wide range of issues to do with articulating a credible faith today.

Bob took us through a bit of his own story, relating his theological development from Crusaders in the early days to being influenced by John Robinson and the interesting and creative theologians he encountered in Cambridge.

by Duncan Dormor
from Signs of the Times No. 70 - Jul 2018

Does progress have a future?

In a world dominated by such powerful demi-gods as Trump, Putin, Jinping Xi, Kim Jong-Un, Duterte, Erdogan (reminiscent of the Graeco-Roman pantheon but with less gender balance), is belief in the unity of humanity, human rights, equality or freedom sustainable? Or are we condemned to slide into a chaotic world where nativism and emotivist rhetoric dominate and ‘might’ simply ‘is right’? Is hope for a better world misplaced and naïve?

by Tim Macquiban
from Signs of the Times No. 70 - Jul 2018

In this book, Benjamin Dueholm, a Lutheran pastor from the USA, talks about sacred practices in a secular world, what they do and why they matter.

He takes as his framework what Martin Luther called the ‘holy possessions’, starting naturally with the holy words of the sacred scriptures to be found in the Bible, and going on in successive chapters to talk about water (baptism), and meal (communion), confession and forgiveness, prayer, praise and worship, and last but by no means least, the cross and suffering.