March 2, 2019

Are we civilised? Should we be?

There should be no snot on the nostrils… A peasant wipes his nose on his cap and coat, a sausage maker on his arm and elbow. […]
February 20, 2019

The Healing of a Madness: Brexit and Trump

According to one of the Oxford dictionaries, there is a possible link between madness and creativity, a truth born out by a few great artists but […]
February 20, 2019

Lorraine Cavanagh on the case of Shamima Begum: an unrepentant prodigal

Somewhere between Nathanial Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter) and the story of the Prodigal Son we meet Shamima Begum, a nineteen year old mother of […]
February 15, 2019

Climate Strike and spiritual values

Today’s youthful Climate Strike shows the immense gap between what young people are concerned about and what governments are doing. It is as though governments – […]
February 6, 2019

Why do we make each other so ill by polluting the air?

Air pollution is ‘ the new tobacco‘, said the World Health Authority a short time ago: ‘the simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a […]
January 19, 2019

Can evangelicals evangelise?

There is an excellent article on liberal evangelism by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes in Friday’s Church Times. She is organising a day conference on the topic for Saturday 2nd […]
January 8, 2019
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Sara Gillingham: On the outside Looking in

It is now over six months since I made the decision to leave the Church of England, and I feel far better for doing so. I […]
January 2, 2019

Fake news, democracy and the real world

How much fake news is there? And how much does it matter? In Britain the concerns usually focus on Brexit: which side told how many lies, […]
December 31, 2018

Would you fancy crossing the Channel in one of those boats?

Seize the migrant boats in Calais, screams the Mail on Sunday in block capitals that fill most of the front page, after telling us that Britain’s Armed Forces ‘stand […]