Category Archives: Society

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 far would you follow a star?

Even as a child, I was puzzled. How could a star lead the Magi to a specific house without coming so close that Planet Earth would burn into a pile of ashes? Matthew didn’t expect his readers to take it … 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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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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Museums and messages

On Saturday we visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It is beautifully laid out, and naturally its artistic merit is unmistakeable. But there is more to it. It was not built to be art for art’s sake. Just as Plato … 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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Why progressives need God

This is an edited version of the talk I gave at St Denys Bookshop in Manchester, on 30th September. It describes my new book Why Progressives Need God, and why I wrote it. My background is in liberal theology. For … 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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The rise and fall of progress

This is the third in the 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. Progress is then about achieving the purposes for which we … Continue reading

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