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 […]
August 10, 2020

Dr. Josephine Stein: The Clergy Discipline Measure

The editor of Modern Believing writes: In the April issue of Modern Believing (61.2), Dr. Josephine Stein critiqued the Clergy Discipline Measure [CDM] in her article […]
August 3, 2020
man wearing Donald Trump mask standing in front of White House

God, Grace and Donald Trump

A single spider, one of the long-legged variety, is hanging by a thread in an undusted corner of where I am working right now. It seems […]
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 30, 2020

The Search: An Exploration of the Spiritual Experience and the Origins of Belief

  I recently watched The Search – Manufacturing Belief, a documentary film in which filmmaker Patrick Payne explores religious experience from a neurological and sociological point […]
July 27, 2020
people sitting on gray concrete pavement during daytime

Black lives have always mattered

In the early 1990s, as a student in Berkeley, California, I found myself travelling in a car, north of the city, with two fellow-students (both of […]
July 24, 2020
church interior

Sectarian church or churchy sect?

As the Church of England comes out of lockdown, there is bound to be much re-examination of its mission – and of the principles behind it. […]
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, […]