Category Archives: Ethics

Women priests: are liberals being inconsistent?

No, sex and women priests are not the same thing. In the continuing debate over the Bishop of Sheffield, liberals are often accused of saying one thing about women priests and the opposite about same-sex partnerships. I am grateful to … Continue reading

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Here we go again

‘My primary feeling on reading the document was “here we go again”‘, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes remarks on her excellent response to the latest report from the Church of England’s House of Bishops on the apparently never-ending issue of same-sex relationships. The … Continue reading

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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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If you were an angel would you sing to a bunch of shepherds?

If anybody is to have a sneak preview of the saviour of the world, who should get it? According to Matthew, the preview was given to wise men from the East. According to Luke, it was given to a bunch … Continue reading

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Genetic editing: what the debate tells us about ourselves

Robin Gill’s article in last Friday’s Church Times summarises the ethical debate about genetic editing. This post looks at the presuppositions behind the different positions. Genetic editing is a new technique for altering DNA sequences in plants, animals and humans:

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Zacchaeus and the sex worker

This is about shame and reconciliation. It is an edited version of a sermon I gave last Sunday. It draws on two stories. The main one is the biblical story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). By way of a modern comparison … 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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As a Christian I’m a citizen of the world

Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement reverberated around the UK: If you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. My guess is that this vicar’s daughter is totally unaware of the role Christianity played in getting people to … 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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