Commentary

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

  • February 18, 2011

    It was reported this week that the government is to allow religious elements in same-sex civil partnership ceremonies. If this news sounds familiar, it is because we've already heard it.

  • February 12, 2011

    Barack Obama and David Cameron have said that Egypt must move rapidly towards free elections and democracy. It's a shame that this point didn't occur to them when they were selling weapons to Mubarak.

  • February 12, 2011

    As the world seeks to take measure of the seismic change taking place in Egypt, and as the question about what kind of political settlement will follow the demise of President Hosni Mubarak emerges, BBC Radio 4's Sunday Programme on 13 February...

  • February 11, 2011

    Feeling despondent or angry at the decisions of governments is a fairly common occurrence for most of us. But yesterday, I felt ashamed.

  • February 11, 2011

    Disabled people stand to lose much and gain little from the government's cuts. The social model of disability suggests that people are largely "disabled" by society, says Nicola Sleap. Christians should take a stand on disability rights,...

  • February 10, 2011
  • February 10, 2011

    This has not been a good week for the Big Society: As the impact of cuts are starting to bite on local communities, charity and council leaders are increasingly calling into question whether the Government’s ‘Big Society’ vision will survive.

  • February 10, 2011

    In encountering Tupac Enrique Acosta in prison, Colin Bossen met someone with an analysis of the Arizona anti-immigration bill's place in a history that put it firmly within the context of the ongoing repression of the indigenous peoples of North...

  • February 10, 2011

    Baptism is much more than a comforting ritual, says Savi Hensman. It is to be marked with the sign of a condemned criminal, to refuse imprisoning and narrow identities, to face up to mortality, and to be immersed in a new world where justice and...

  • February 10, 2011
  • February 10, 2011

    David Cameron's 'Big Society' idea is taking a huge battering as public spending cuts bite and the substance behind the rhetoric shows, says Simon Barrow. Equally, the 'shrinking government' agenda becomes ever clearer.

  • February 9, 2011
  • February 8, 2011

    Whether you find him inspiring or exasperating (and I sometimes find him both!), the work of US theologian Stanley Hauerwas provides a challenging alternative vision of church as subversive,...

  • February 5, 2011

    The fear and hatred that inspired David Kato’s killers are not confined to the uneducated, says Bishop Pierre W. Whalon. Sadly, they have been replicated by many Christians. But God does not hate, and those who would call themselves Christian...

  • February 4, 2011

    Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves. Churches that...

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