Category Archives: Economics

What does progress do?

This is the second of my series of four talks on progress. The first describes its origins. Human life is unsatisfactory but our lives have been designed, by some kind of god, with potential for improvement. Sometimes we go forward, … Continue reading

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Social mobility or equality: which is more godly?

There is a good article in the Guardian by Selina Todd on the tension between social mobility and equality. Written in the context of a disagreement between Conservative and Labour Party policies on education, it argues against social mobility and … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 7) work

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Why do we have to do so much work? Why do so many people suffer stress through long hours, while … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 6) Wealth

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Here I focus on wealth.

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Are some people more trouble than they are worth?

Some of us cost a lot. The online journal article Childhood forecasting of a small segment of the population with large economic burden describes a recent study with results worth pondering. I spotted it through a summary in the Church … Continue reading

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President Trump: some distheological causes

Syriza, Podemos, Le Pen, Brexit, now Trump. What’s happening? As long as the debates are conducted in black and white, each side too angry too understand the other, we will not find a satisfactory way forward. This post describes some … Continue reading

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Daniel Blake and the purpose of life

I went with some friends to see I, Daniel Blake last night. It’s many years since I last saw a film, and I was wondering whether I would be bored. Bored I was, as we sat through all the prior … Continue reading

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Brexit unmasks moral failure

Friday’s Church Times contains some interesting articles about the Brexit situation. One is by Philip North , the Bishop of Burnley. It’s behind a paywall but here is the relevant bit: History suggests that, whenever there is economic uncertainty or … Continue reading

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What would Meister Eckhart make of us today?

There was an excellent talk on Meister Eckhart at St Brides Liverpool this morning. The talk was given by Dr Duane Williams of Liverpool Hope University. We had time to ask questions, and after the service we carried on talking … Continue reading

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Tax credit cuts and poverty ethics

Now that the UK House of Lords has voted against the Government’s proposal to cut tax credits, questions arise. This post focuses on poverty ethics. Tax credits for people in low-paid jobs were a foolish idea in the first place. … Continue reading

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