Commentary by Symon Hill

  • August 28, 2010

    The programme of the Greenbelt Christian festival this weekend declares that disagreement is “essential to discovery”. This is an inspiring sentiment to hear in Christian circles, all the more so when it appears to be said with sincerity.

  • August 25, 2010

    Two Bangladeshi garment workers have been arrested after campaigning for improvements in working conditions. Kalpona Akter and Babul Ahkter have worked with countless workers in their own country and ethical fashion promoters in Britain.

  • August 15, 2010

    For centuries, the tendency of Christian churches to uphold the political and economic order has been threatened by the socially radical nature of Jesus' teachings and much of the Bible. Nothing makes this more obvious than the Magnificat.

  • August 15, 2010

    Christian groups who fear discrimination say they want a "level playing-field" for British Christians. But if we are to take this concept seriously, let's not only support religious liberty for all people but also give up the privileges that are...

  • August 13, 2010

    In the wake of the economic crisis, we've all been encouraged to be more realistic about debt. It's a message that will be of little use to those who are forced into the hands of loan sharks by desperation, poverty and the refusal of banks to...

  • August 2, 2010

    Visiting the Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibition currently on display in central London is an emotionally charged experience.

  • August 2, 2010

    When Christians explore nonviolence, we do so with the legacy of Christian collusion with militarism hanging over us. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the confusion around Christian attitudes to the armed forces.

  • July 31, 2010

    I'm delighted to hear that the activist comedian Mark Thomas has agreed to speak at the National Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which will take place in London on 6 November.

  • July 27, 2010

    In addition to losing their reputation and mindbogglingly large sums of money, BP also seem to have lost any ability to appreciate irony.

  • July 20, 2010

    It's easy to get the impression that, when it comes to questions of sexuality, Christians are split into two embittered factions who fight each other with no hope of dialogue or progress.

  • July 15, 2010

    Disputes over truth are often presented as examples of a clash between religion and science. Galileo's conflict with the Roman Catholic Church is frequently talked about in this way, as are more recent controversies about evolution and...

  • July 14, 2010

    The review of “counter-terrorism” legislation announced by the coalition government seems to be more comprehensive than I'd feared. Control orders, pre-charge detention and stop-and-search will all be on the agenda. It's a welcome announcement...

  • July 11, 2010

    As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme...

  • July 4, 2010

    Yesterday's Pride festival in London was one of the deepest spiritual experiences I've had for some time. Prayer, protest, witness and celebration are often at their most meaningful in unfamiliar contexts.

  • July 2, 2010

    Listening to certain Christians, you would think that opposition to homosexuality is one of the most basic principles of the Christian faith. But this year, as a small group of Christians turn up to protest against the Pride festival in central...