Common sense Church?

The Church Times of 23 January contains several pages of reports on proposed reforms to the Church of England – particularly the recruitment, training and deployment of the clergy, and the use of central finance.

It also contains some first reactions to these reports. Modern Church President, Linda Woodhead, has written a full article which is truly outstanding, deserves to be studied by all decision-makers in the Church, and is full of what can only be called common sense.

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Marcus Borg: A tribute

Yesterday we lost a great man. I think it was around 1989 that a friend drew attention to a book 'Jesus: a New Vision' by Marcus Borg.

Since then I have read most of his books and found him to be a key influence in my life. Books like 'The God We Never Knew', 'Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time' and 'The Heart of Christianity' have meant so much to me.

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A woman’s touch and spiritual danger

It gets more and more bizarre. Now that women can be bishops in the Church of England, opponents of women priests – who have existed for 20 years – are finding new hurdles to throw in their way.

The Revd Philip North, a member of Forward in Faith, is to be the next Bishop of Burnley. In principle this is not unexpected, as the negotiations included assurances that senior positions should still be available to opponents.

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Rock or sand, economy or people

Boom! Even before it is published, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu’s new book On Rock or Sand? is causing a stir.

According to the Independent it says

the Christian values of solidarity and selflessness have been discarded in favour of “every person for themselves” with “rampant consumerism and individualism” dominating politics since the 1980s.

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Evolution as a moral guide

Where do we get our morals from? Should we get them from evolution?

Many sociobiologists believe our moral beliefs come from our genes making us maximise our fertile offspring.

In this post I ask a related question: should we treat evolution as a moral guide?

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