Category Archives: Ethics

John Warboys and the meaning of justice

Nick Boles explodes. The British Government isn’t addressing the crises in housing and health, says this Conservative Member of Parliament. But, as the Guardian describes his mood, ‘the Worboys decision was the final straw’. The Parole Board has decided that … Continue reading

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What do we expect from the National Health Service?

Prime Minister Theresa May, in her New Year live interview on Sunday, got quite a grilling from Andrew Marr. The Independent provides a video and report. Marr described the case of Leah Butler-Smith whose mother waited five hours to be … Continue reading

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How should we relate to the homeless?

This coming Sunday many churches will be focusing on John the Baptist. As I began my sermon preparation an advertisement for Crisis at Christmas was being broadcast on the radio; and the free magazine of Liverpool City Council came through … Continue reading

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Tim Farron’s Christian liberalism

Poor Tim Farron! He took over as leader of the Liberal Democrats at their lowest ebb, just after they had been brilliantly undermined in the 2015 General Election by their Coalition partners and hated by everyone else for propping up … Continue reading

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Addiction: what is to blame?

Cassiobury Court has provided an interesting infographic on recent cuts to services. Since the UK Health and Social Care Act of 2012, expenditure on addiction services has dropped and drug-related deaths have sharply increased. I have no expertise in this … Continue reading

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Hereford, conservative Christians and the abolition of history

Just over a week ago there was another turn of the screw in the church sex wars, this time generated by Hereford Diocesan Synod. This post asks about the relevance of history to the claims of ‘conservatives’. What does it … Continue reading

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Universal Credit: what kind of justice?

There is an excellent new article by Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool, on justice as applied to benefit claimants and the introduction of Universal Credit. Liverpool, like every British city but perhaps more than most, is full of stories … Continue reading

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God and the hope of a better life

This is the last of a series of four reflections on progress. The first was about the ancient idea that a supreme god maintains the universe with a long-term design. The second and third were about the ideas of progress … Continue reading

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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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