Commentary by Simon Barrow

  • December 18, 2014

    'Immigration' is set to be one of the most-used words in the run-up to the General Election -- at least if UKIP, large sections of the media and much of the current government has its way.

  • December 14, 2014

    In chapter 11 of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his forerunner, the spiky and angular prophet known to us as John the Baptist.

  • December 7, 2014

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,” writes St Paul in the Epistle set for today in many churches.

  • December 6, 2014

    Tomorrow morning (Sunday 7 December) I am taking part in a discussion on BBC Radio Scotland unpacking the ethics of inheritance, how it touches our heads and hearts, and how it relates to issues of social justice for this and future generations...

  • December 4, 2014

    Chancellor George Osborne is trying his best to spin his way out of trouble on the failures of austerity economics to deliver sustainable, widespread recovery and reduce debt.

  • December 3, 2014

    Despite some truly grim economic statistics, Chancellor George Osborne will attempt to deflect criticism for the failings of austerity economics in his Autumn Statement today, blaming the world economy and the last government.

  • December 2, 2014

    To coincide with publication of the cross-party agreement negotiated by the Smith Commission, Ekklesia has now published its own submission to the Commission, made at the end of October 2014 alongside contributions by around 300 civic...

  • December 2, 2014

    Back in January 2013, Ekklesia made a short submission to the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) set up by the Scottish government to consider one of the most important issues of social and economic justice in the country -- one where there has been...

  • December 1, 2014

    Karen Armstrong, whose new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence invites far more subtle understanding of the relationship between faith and fratricide globally, has written a characteristically thoughtful piece on...

  • November 30, 2014

    Advent, the season of expectation, arrived for us in 2014 on Sunday 30th November.

  • November 18, 2014

    A public roundtable discussion of 'Scotland: Our Visions and Divisions', chaired by Allan Little (BBC), will take place on Wednesday 19th November, 6:00pm – 7:15pm in the Martin Hall, New College, the University of Edinburgh, EH1 2LX (followed by...

  • November 17, 2014

    There are now just under two weeks to go for entrants for the first Jan Fairley Award, sponsored by the the National Union of Journalists and supported by The Scotsman newspaper. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 30th November 2014.

  • November 12, 2014

    In his 2014 book 'The Great and Holy War: How World War I changed religion forever' author and academic Philip Jenkins paints a picture of faith, and especially Christian faith, mired in blood. Is there a way out after Christendom?

  • November 12, 2014

    The online Jesuit journal 'Thinking Faith' has some useful and thought-provoking articles connected with Remembrance and the First World War centenary in its latest issue.

  • November 11, 2014

    'How ought war to be remembered in schools?' is the question David Aldridge asks in the journal Impact, published by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. It is well worth reading alongside Ekklesia's report on 'Re-imagining...