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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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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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What if Hitler had been killed?

Would you have killed Hitler, if you had had the chance? The conspirators who tried, but failed, in 1944 had hoped to save incomparably more lives; but the conspiracy failed and Hitler’s reprisals killed thousands, many of them nothing to … Continue reading

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Godless morality, empty or full

People who don’t believe in God can live good moral lives every bit as well as believers can. Most people accept this. It’s not controversial. Indeed they can live better lives than believers who are only ‘good’ to avoid divine … Continue reading

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Calais, migration and God

How do we respond to the information about the refugees at Calais? About Prime Minister David Cameron’s description of migrants as a ‘ swarm ‘? What feelings does immigration evoke? This post relates the question to the declining influence of … Continue reading

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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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The State We’re In: is God the problem or the answer?

I’ve just posted here the text of the talk I gave at St Brides Liverpool on 23rd March. It’s over 4,000 words long, so I haven’t included it as a blog post. It’s an argument for believing in God as … Continue reading

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Evolution as a moral guide

Where do we get our morals from? Should we get them from evolution? Many sociobiologists believe our moral beliefs come from our genes making us maximise our fertile offspring.

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Selfish genes and the contradictions of sociobiology

Are all our moral beliefs misleading products of evolution? Do all our judgements of right and wrong really come from genes busy making us maximise our offspring? The idea has become part of the culture that tells us we are … Continue reading

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