Category Archives: Economics

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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Camels, needles, and the snares of wealth

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. So said Jesus, according to Mark. This is an edited version of a sermon … Continue reading

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Corblimeyn

If you keep deceiving people you will end up believing your own lies. The Cor Blimey response is wearing off as people get used to the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming the Leader of the Labour Party. Support for him … Continue reading

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Cancelling debts is a Christian principle

Will Greece default on its debts? Will it leave the Eurozone? Will it leave the European Union? Will it matter? To whom?

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Christianity and moral vision

It is good to hear church leaders making public statements about why their faith matters. Recent ones have been On Rock or Sand? and Who is My Neighbour? Now here’s another, the Bishop of Liverpool’s Voting For a New Moral … Continue reading

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