Jonathan Clatworthy

July 31, 2020
The Garden of Eden, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1530, via Wikimedia Commons

The limits of freedom for Adam and us

As the lockdown eases up, the remaining restrictions still generate anger. What right has the Government got to take away our freedoms? Why shouldn’t I decide […]
July 21, 2020
Seats on a train

HS2: does faster travel count as progress?

Earlier this month the UK Court of Appeal agreed to hear Chris Packham’s legal case against the planned HS2 railway. As one would expect from him, […]
July 8, 2020
Stained glass window in Ockham Church, Surrey, depicting William of Ockham

Freedom from lockdown: why do we love it so much?

Lockdown restricts our freedom. We like freedom, and want it back. But what for? The governments most strongly committed to economic ‘liberalism’, like the USA and […]
June 25, 2020
Zodiac

Why science can’t disprove astrology

I’ve just been corresponding with someone who believes in astrology. This post asks about its scientific credentials. In an earlier post I described an experience back […]
June 17, 2020
The statue of Edward Colston before it was pulled down

Philanthropy and its statues

Should we pull down statues of slave traders? Statues to individuals are erected to honour them. They express the values of the people who put them […]
June 6, 2020
Black man. Photo by Maatla Seetelo on Unsplash

Racism and equality in the Bible

Racism is more than murder… and George Floyd is more than a hashtag. So writes Chris Kimbangi, adding that many black, Asian and minority ethnic people […]
May 30, 2020
Cartoon of Dominic Cummings driving across England

Law makers and breakers

Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham has become big news. When law-makers break their own laws, fury results – especially from people who have struggled to obey […]
May 22, 2020
A Zoom image of a homeless person

When lockdown ends, what will ‘normal’ be like?

Coronavirus has generated a lot of talk about going back to ‘normal’, and whether we have learned a thing or two about the pros and cons […]
May 4, 2020
Detail from Augustine, by Antonio Rodriguez, 17th century

Coronavirus and moral responsibility

How we wish the world was different! But how much of our wishing comes from self-centredness? I recently posted on the limits to human knowledge. This […]