Category Archives: Ethics

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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Steve Chalke, Pompeii and the clobber texts on sex

Steve Chalke’s new video analyses the New Testament ‘clobber texts’ on homosexuality in the light of artefacts reclaimed from under the volcanic lava at Pompeii. If you want to see lots of artistic representations of male genitals and sex acts, … Continue reading

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Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough: who is to blame?

28 years on, six people are to be prosecuted for the Hillsborough tragedy. What, just six? Is that justice? Is nobody else to blame? What about the more widespread culture of mutual support and avoiding blame, among the police just … Continue reading

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British values from Jeremiah to Grenfell Tower

This is my sermon for this coming Sunday, published early in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. The text is Jeremiah 20:7-13. It compares the recent changes in British values with the tensions in Judean values at the … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 14) Truth

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Here in Britain we claim to have a representative democracy. However, it cannot be truly representative unless the voters have … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 13) Progress

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Governments always tell us about the progress they have achieved. We’ve sorted this and this, they tell us, while ignoring … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 12) Freedom

This post is part of a series summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. We all like to be free. The Liberal tradition in modern politics is so called because of its commitment to … Continue reading

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