The Boston Declaration: Choose Life

First we had the so-called 'Nashville Statement' (see my response on this blog) with its homophobia and idolatry masquerading as 'Bible-based' theology.

Now we have the 'Boston Declaration' from a huge and diverse group of American academics and Church leaders, including a number from well-known conservative Evangelical seminaries, sub-titled: 'A Prophetic Call to Christians of the United States'.

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Addiction: what is to blame?

Cassiobury Court has provided an interesting infographic on recent cuts to services. Since the UK Health and Social Care Act of 2012, expenditure on addiction services has dropped and drug-related deaths have sharply increased.

I have no expertise in this issue, but it raises important issues about what kind of society we should be aiming for.

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Purity cults: Death by a thousand cuts

The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City Tennessee has broken away from the Tennessee Baptist Convention because they have appointed a woman as pastor [Religion News Service [15/11/17].

While those of us who rejoice in the ministry of women may want to decry the misogyny and patriarchal attitudes that lie behind the split, it should also not be surprising. Purity cults are always doing that sort thing.

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Unity - My way or no way

The Brexit Secretary, David Davis MP, has offered the House of Commons a vote on the Brexit deal (should one ever appear) on the basis that ‘you can take it or leave it’.

If Parliament doesn’t approve it, we leave any way: it’s ‘my deal or no deal’; Brexit my way or no way. There are some within the Christian churches who treat Christian unity in that way too: we can be united on my terms or not at all.

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Museums and messages

On Saturday we visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It is beautifully laid out, and naturally its artistic merit is unmistakeable. But there is more to it. It was not built to be art for art’s sake. Just as Plato and Aristotle have become philosophical icons not just for Greeks but for the whole western world, so also the Parthenon is iconic for western culture and architecture.

The theologian in me asks what it means. What does this icon affirm? There in the museum I felt a juxtaposition of two stories expressing radically different values.

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