Jonathan Clatworthy

May 16, 2022

Refugees and the hostile environment

The service at All Hallows Leeds yesterday was run by its group supporting refugees. We were told about the Home Office’s regulations and how we can […]
April 29, 2022

We long for peace – clumsily

I have just attended meetings about Ukraine on three successive days. They have helped me ask: how should British Christians feel about it? Granted that most […]
April 15, 2022

Holy Week and the possibility of different values

Unusually, last week I watched the BBC’s Question Time. I was left feeling the issues were being debated strictly within the media echo chamber. Perhaps Holy […]
April 4, 2022

Why were the healings of Jesus so controversial?

In my last post I described how the healings Jesus did were the kinds of things traditional healers do. In general, what the gospels report may […]
March 23, 2022

How did Jesus heal people?

According to the gospels, Jesus often healed people. To us his healings seem weird – so unlike what we expect from doctors. Some people have explained […]
March 6, 2022

Two responses to war

War. Oh yes, we know how to relate to that. It triggers the oldest part of the human brain, the bit we share with lizards. Fight […]
March 2, 2022

Pauline’s poem

This is a guest post by Pauline Fleck. Pauline is a trans woman. She describes her experience of joining, and then leaving, the Roman Catholic Church […]
February 22, 2022

God and the laws of nature

What if the boot is on the other foot? We’ve had a couple of centuries of atheists arguing that science undermines belief in God. But what […]
February 11, 2022

Girard, Jesus and the defence of the scapegoat

In my last post I described the story about the second century healer Apollonius of Tyana, and how René Girard analysed it as a scapegoating process. […]