Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • October 5, 2010

    It is easy to be won over by the universal moral or religious principles espoused by a skilled rhetorician such as Tony Blair. However, John Heathershaw argues that in politics, from university league tables to the war in Iraq, God is in the...

  • October 5, 2010

    In its literal sense "doing God" is a theological nonsense. Christianity itself suggests you can only really respond to an invitation to join in what God is already doing, says Jonathan Bartley. Nevertheless, the debate about it acts as a useful...

  • October 4, 2010

    The Communion of Saints is not a term which comes readily to a Quaker's tongue. But an encounter with two Friends – one living and one three centuries dead - has prompted me to look past the difficulty of these words in search of their true...

  • October 1, 2010

    Defenders of current church schools policies say that admissions favouring church-going children over others protect a school's 'Christian values' and ethos. But since when have self-interest, discrimination and lying been the values promoted by...

  • September 30, 2010

    As with many other areas of public finance, funding for science is under major threat – maybe facing up to 25 per cent reductions, says Bob Carling. Many senior figures feel that proposed cuts will destroy the international excellence of science...

  • September 30, 2010

    I have just been sent a letter which was published in the Education Guardian, in response to Sharon Wright’s article on her experience of being a governo

  • September 29, 2010

    The media has been buzzing with reports that the number of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Britain does not appear to be as high as previously thought. But arguments over the accuracy of the figures suggest that those on both sides are...

  • September 28, 2010

    Judgments on the recent visit to Britain of Pope Benedict XVI have been coming in thick and fast over the past week or so. Here is my comment for the current issue of the Baptist Times.

  • September 27, 2010

    Treating any politician as a near-deity, and giving him or her absolute power, is a dangerous course, says Savi Hensman. In concentrating power in his own hands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa resembles the ruthless Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai...

  • September 27, 2010

    On the International Day of Peace, the US military (or possibly the CIA) marked the occasion with two further drone strikes in South Waziristan, Pakistan, killing a handful of alleged militants. Ian Davis looks at what needs to change.

  • September 27, 2010

    Many Americans and Europeans are taken aback by the suggestion that collaborating with religious groups on matters of shared concern is a necessity for human flourishing in many parts of the world, says Scott Appleby. They shouldn't. Both bridge-...

  • September 27, 2010

    The received wisdom perpetuated by the government is that deep and immediate public spending cuts are necessary and beneficial, says Simon Barrow. But there are strong economic arguments that point towards investment in long-term sustainability...

  • September 26, 2010

    I had two votes in the Labour leadership election. One as a member of the Labour Party and one as a trade unionist.

  • September 26, 2010

    I don't seem to have a very positive effect on Ed Miliband. The first time I met him, he practically ran away from me, while on the second occasion, he broke into a serious coughing fit. If there's a third time, I hope it will be a more...

  • September 24, 2010

    So Business Secretary Vince Cable is "shining a harsh light into the murky world of corporate behaviour". Well it does seem an opportune moment, doesn't it?

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