Jonathan Clatworthy

October 21, 2020
Demonstration by supporters of assisted dying

Assisted dying: time to change the law?

On 8th October the British Medical Association announced the result of the largest ever survey of UK doctors on assisted dying. Although it formally opposes a […]
October 6, 2020
School classroom

Is capitalism compatible with Christianity?

Is capitalism obligatory now? Are its opponents so extreme that their writings should not be taught in schools? Yes, according to the Guidance document published by […]
September 25, 2020
St. Eupraxia of Tabbenisi, Egypt, c. 382-c.412

Sex and the Church’s past

If you are following the Church of England’s agonisings over same-sex partnerships and the Living in Love and Faith project, you’ll be interested in Giles Goddard’s […]
September 11, 2020
Stream

Water from a tap is a convenience: water from a spring is a miracle

I owe the title to Juliet Du Boulay’s study of traditional village life on a Greek island 50 years ago, before the people adapted to modernity. […]
September 2, 2020
A man wearing a mask saying 'Covid19 is a hoax'

Covid a hoax? Can we trust experts?

10,000 in London, 38,000 in Berlin: protestors claiming that Covid is a hoax. Why on earth do they believe such nonsense? But then why do I, […]
August 24, 2020
Detail from Adam and Eve, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526

The Garden of Eden and the trouble with freedom

This post is about the famous story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit, and what it tells us about our freedom. It is one […]
August 12, 2020
Empty exam hall

Abolish A levels

Chaos over A level results. How should grades be calculated when exams cannot be taken? Should students be graded on the basis of the teaching staff’s […]
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, […]