Tag Archives: God

Progress: what is it and is it possible?

I’m doing a series of four talks on progress at St Brides Liverpool. The first was last Sunday. This is an edited version of the text. At the end there are questions for discussion, because this is what we do … 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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God: are we exploring further in or climbing out?

‘God: none, one, three or many?’ was the theme of Modern Church’s annual conference earlier this week, chaired by Jane Shaw and Linda Woodhead. We were in the company of people who believe passionately in God and don’t believe in … Continue reading

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Is Jesus the way?

This is a sermon on a passage from John’s Gospel, 14:1-14. It’s the lectionary reading for this coming Sunday and I’m posting it in advance in case any other preacher wants to pinch bits. In Christian circles this passage is … Continue reading

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Why Christians should vote for a different government. 3) God

This post is part of the series introduced here, summarising some of the arguments in my new book Why Progressives Need God. Here I argue that we need change because of what Christians believe about God.

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Why does it matter about God?

This post is about God. Not about whether God exists, or what God is like, but why it matters – if at all. Most church leaders these days agonise over the declining numbers who attend church services, so it might … Continue reading

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Spirit and matter

My last blog post Spirituality and religion: what’s the difference? generated a number of responses. This is a continuation of the dialogue with the philosopher Paul Doran who posted comments on my blog page. Paul is the founder of Philosophy … Continue reading

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Domesticating God

How much do we know about God? How much should we expect to know? This post is about the tension between admitting what we don’t know, and affirming whatever is important to us. At one extreme we cannot know anything … 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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