The economy and the humans

The economy is getting rather too uppity.

I have written a number of blog posts on the economy, and I plan more over the next few weeks. This is a lot for someone with only limited training in economics. My excuse is that I approach it from a theological perspective, which offers different insights.

Just as you can be very good at creating widgets without knowing what the widgets are for, so also a government can be very good at managing the economy without knowing what the economy is for. My main grouse about it (lamented for example here, here and here) is that it is treated as an end in itself rather than a means to human well-being.

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The state we’re in: is God the problem or the answer?

I’ve just posted here the text of the talk I gave at St Bride's Liverpool on 23rd March. It’s over 4,000 words long, so I haven’t included it as a blog post.

It’s an argument for believing in God as a moral authority, derived from the fact that modern western society is completely failing to solve its biggest problems. We are destroying the environment, the rich are getting richer as the poor get poorer, and fears of terrorism drive militarisation. Why can’t we do better?

So it’s moral philosophy with a focus on God as moral authority. Read the article or listen to it here.

Homophobia and the changing Christian mood

Is the Christian obsession with same-sex partnerships declining? Outside the churches people are puzzled why it is such a thorny issue.

It is to be discussed (again!) at a conference on 10th-11th April, hosted by Oasis. Oasis is the organisation set up by Steve Chalke, a well-known Baptist minister who has pubicly spoken in favour of same-sex marriage.

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What might Christian disagreement look like?

Whatever the merits or otherwise of Giles Goddard's actions, the whole debate sheds light on one of the huge problems we have in conducting and modelling Christian disagreement today (I'm opting for 'Christian disagreement' as I think we can do better than 'good disagreement').

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Muslim worship at Waterloo

Shock horror, Muslims were allowed to say prayers in a Church of England church.

The church was St John’s Waterloo. The Daily Telegraph reported that ‘evangelical clerics were angered’. A flurry of activity followed, with official statements from the Diocese here and here, and the Vicar, Giles Goddard.

Surely the Telegraph must have been exaggerating? No: it’s all there in the comments under Ian Paul’s blog. If you read it, follow it up with Kelvin Holdsworth’s much saner response to regain your faith in humanity.

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