Jonathan Bartley

  • July 14, 2010

    The new justice secretary's approach to prison indiciates a healthy departure from previous policy, but before we get too excited, it should be noted that it falls a long way short of restorative ideas, says Jonathan Bartley.

  • May 8, 2010

    If the churches want democracy renewed, a broader political agenda and a voice for the voiceless, says Jonathan Bartley, they must make the case for PR and they must do it right now.

  • May 1, 2010

    The Times newspaper has been running short pieces by Christian backers of the three big parties in Britain, getting them to say why Jesus might support their favoured political horse. Jonathan Bartley takes a rather different tack.

  • April 28, 2010

    A champion of right rather than might, St George should belong to the people, not their overlords, says Jonathan Bartley. This, not nationalism, is what a true patriotism is about – commitment to "another country" where all have a place, not just those with the power.

  • April 19, 2010

    The thing that should scare both Labour and Tories alike is that the Lib Dem surge has little to do with its policies, says Jonathan Bartley.

  • April 4, 2010

    Conflicting views of the meaning of the crucifixion have led to strikingly different patterns of behaviour among Christian believers, says Jonathan Bartley. Damaging understandings of atonement have tragic consequences for healthy Christian witness and performance.

  • March 11, 2010

    Spin is not merely changing facts, but changing the context in which we see the facts. In that respect, it can be something quite positive, says Jonathan Bartley.

  • February 22, 2010

    The Conservative leader is right that we need an Inquiry. He is wrong that it should be narrowly confined to the alleged goings on at Number 10, says Jonathan Bartley.

  • January 25, 2010

    Arrangements which allow an undemocratic, external institution to parachute into Parliament their own appointees who can only be from one section of the country, of one gender, and from one particular strand of one religion – are the kind of thing we might condemn as profoundly unjust and corrupt in other parts of the world. They are defended in the UK in the name of Christianity.

  • December 14, 2009

    The Churches need to need to end their dualism over mission and recognise that where their treasure is, there their hearts will be also. And this means an end to their investments in oil, mining and other companies which are driving climate change, says Jonathan Bartley