Author Archives: Jonathan Clatworthy

Boris Corbyn’s anti-them-ism

Antisemitism with Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Islamism with Boris Johnson: how do they compare? This post is not about the issues themselves but about the way they are being publicly debated and what this tells us about our declining public ethics.

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New Directions for the Church 10: offer hope

This is the last in my series of posts on new directions for the Church. After this, instead of telling it what it should be saying, I hope to focus on saying it myself. This is a plea for the … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 9: break down the barriers

This post continues my series on possible futures for the Church. Here I argue that we need to break down barriers. Church culture today loves its barriers. It loves to emphasise what makes Christianity different from other faith traditions, or … Continue reading

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The upside-down debate on assisted dying

Logically it ought to be the other way round. As David Seymour’s proposed assisted dying bill divides New Zealand, Jonathan Rees describes the debate between Anglican bishops. Two retired and one assistant bishop think assisted dying is ‘a good and … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 8: admit the contradictions

This post continues my series about future directions for the Church. Here I argue that ministers and church leaders need to be more open and honest about the contradictions contained within the Christian beliefs we have inherited. In an earlier … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 7: decentralise

This post continues my series looking for new ways to conceive of the Church and its role. Here I focus on the management of the Church of England. I have no significant expertise in this matter but I think the … Continue reading

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New Directions for the Church 6: accept diversity of belief

This post continues my series looking for new ways to conceive of the Church and its role. Here I argue that we need to accept diversity of belief as normal and not treat it as a problem. I have been … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 5: open membership

This is the fifth in a series of posts looking for new directions for the institutional churches. Here I argue that they need fuzzy edges. One of the unfortunate features of the post-1970s version of Evangelicalism currently so dominant is … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 4: beyond church services

This is the fourth in a series of posts looking for new directions for the institutional churches. I am hoping we can move on from what I have called the post-1970s dominant Evangelicalism of church leaders, to find better answers … Continue reading

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New directions for the Church 3: explain how it can help

This is the third in my series of posts looking for changes of approach in church leadership, away from the post-1970s version of Evangelicalism that currently dominates its thinking and policies. Here I address the need for an outward-looking focus. … Continue reading

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