Commentary

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

  • 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...

  • February 4, 2011

    On 3 March 2011, the Welsh people vote in a referendum about the future of Wales. They have the chance to claim better powers for their Assembly. Aled Edwards explains why Christians and people of good faith want to see that happen, and why there...

  • February 4, 2011

    President Mubarak has said he will not seek re-election when the country goes to the polls in September 2011. That's not soon enough for the anti-government protesters who have given him until today - Friday 4 February - to stand down.

  • February 3, 2011

    Christians and Muslims have been fasting for peace with justice in Egypt. But what on earth has giving up food got to do with changing the world? The answer, suggests Simon Barrow, is that it helps re-shape our desires as human beings, and...

  • February 3, 2011

    'Faith-based' programmes often get a bad press, especially when they are seen to compromise welfare with proseytising motives. But Jonathan C. Bergman shows in relation to the experience in Haiti, one year after the tragic 2010 earthquake, that...

  • February 3, 2011

    What has really been happening on the streets of Cairo, and who are these pro-Hosni Mubarak 'supporters' who have suddenly emerged, after many days of genuine protest, to throw rocks and hand-bombs at citizens and demonstrators alike?

  • February 2, 2011

    A very interesting debate has been going on about the Alternative Vote in the last 24 hours, since ten Church of England bishops (three of them retired) came out in support of an empowering reform of the system at the upcoming referendum on 5 May...

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