Jonathan Clatworthy

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 […]
April 29, 2020
Digger creating a galaxy

Couldn’t God have created a world without the coronavirus?

If God created the world, why create it so perversely as to put the coronavirus in it? Couldn’t it have been left out? Questions like this […]
April 10, 2020

Coronavirus and God

At times like this many people’s faith is tested. Suffering is, and always has been, the toughest challenge to believers. If God is in control, why […]
February 12, 2020

Gold, frankincense and myrrh but no nappies

This post is my sermon for 5th January, focusing on gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). The wise men present gifts. It is often said that […]
October 31, 2019

Wishing you a terrified Halloween: mediums and the occult

The title comes from my annoyance at the local Sainsbury’s, which wishes its customers a happy Halloween. If you’re happy, it misses the point. Someone I […]
October 23, 2019

Is there any point in praying?

I actually believe in praying, but not for the reasons many people give. The Christian tradition offers different, and often conflicting, accounts of how to do […]
October 5, 2019

Bishops, Brexit and Bullshit

The Church Times is usually pretty deferential to the leadership of the Church of England, but this time its leader article excoriates all 118 of its bishops for their joint […]
October 2, 2019

Faith, belief and climate justice

As a living faith, Christianity centres on two areas of teaching and understanding – what we conventionally call the interrelated doctrines of Creation and Incarnation. The Christian view of […]