Commentary

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

  • October 26, 2010

    The world’s largest mining company has been urged to halt its coal mining operations on the Indonesian island of Borneo by representatives of indigenous people who report that mining “has destroyed our forests, rivers and livelihoods”. A day...

  • October 24, 2010

    For some Christians, coalition cuts and the "Big Society" are an opportunity for churches to extend their influence by taking over services run by the state. But the Gospel is not about increasing our own influence. In seeking to love our...

  • October 22, 2010

    Stung by accusations of targeting the poor in the Comprehensive Spending Review, not to mention misleading voters by reneging on central electoral promises in exchange for power, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has decided to pick a fight with...

  • October 22, 2010

    Cuts that hit the poorest hardest, as proposed in the government's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) are neither necessary nor moral, says an emerging civil society Coalition of Resistance to the developments - what is being characterised as '...

  • October 21, 2010

    Hi George. How's your week been?

    All that public rattling through stuff that so many people are worried about can't be easy. Probably not a lot of fun browsing the cartoons either – one picture being worth a thousand words and all that....

  • October 21, 2010

    The annual One World Week (OWW) has been running since last weekend and is due to end on Sunday 24 October 2010. It draws together hundreds of local civic groups, development agencies, churches and faith groups to look at how the world we share...

  • October 21, 2010

    Among the Chancellor’s targets in the Comprehensive Spending Review are social housing and those who need it. The capital budget has been slashed, and new tenants may face being charged up to 80 per cent of market rents.

  • October 21, 2010

    The problem for Christians today is not primarily 'aggressive secularism', but the confusion of Christianity with power, says Simon Barrow. That and the the distortion of public debate about religiosity and secularity into a false dichotomy...

  • October 20, 2010

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson was entertainingly 'ambushed' by a silent protester outside parliament this evening, as he attempted to deliver a live report to the Six O'Clock News TV studio on the Comprehensive Spending Review.

  • October 19, 2010

    At the urging of evangelical leaders worldwide, the Lausanne Movement, with the participation of the World Evangelical Alliance, is currently hosting the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Af

  • October 19, 2010

    For John Wesley and the Methodist Church he founded, it is inconceivable to follow Christ and not have the welfare of the poor and the vulnerable close to your heart, says Alison Tomlin. That is why the Church says that the government's spending...

  • October 19, 2010

    The government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has missed the opportunity to address long-term security problems such as climate change and the root causes of terrorism.

  • October 18, 2010

    BBC Radio 4's stimulating 'Start the Week' programme, hosted by Andrew Marr, ran a special edition this morning (18 October 2010) discussing morality, religion and politics. It featured irascible and creative US theologian Stanley Hauerwas.

  • October 18, 2010
  • October 18, 2010

    The Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Catholic Bishops, meeting with other Christian leaders as observers, faces major challenges in church and society, reports adviser Harry Hagopian. But there are also grounds of hope for...

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