Commentary

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

  • 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...

  • October 18, 2010

    Today’s news is that the government regards cyber attacks as one of the greatest threats to the UK’s security. This conjures up the bizarre image of Liam Fox launching a Trident missile against a 16-year-old computer hacker just outside London...

  • October 18, 2010

    In April 2011, as an act of solidarity, the Amos Trust will take 25 people to work with local Palestinians to rebuild a demolished home in al-Walaja

  • October 18, 2010

    The Guardian's Cif Belief, in conjunction with St Paul's Cathedral, is running a series of discussions about 'belief and unbelief in an age of uncertainty':

  • October 18, 2010

    You would have to have a harder heart than mine not to have been affected by the rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners.

  • October 17, 2010

    Many progressive Christians found themselves experiencing profoundly mixed feelings both about Pope Benedict’s visit and about the protests against it, says Simon Barrow. This is perhaps because neither imperial religion nor rejectionist forms of...

  • October 17, 2010

    Christianity is essentially a radical rescue operation, rather than a bourgeois message of moral self-improvement, says Giles Fraser. To live out a Christian life and to develop life-enhancing ethics, we need solidarity and help from beyond...

  • October 17, 2010

    Party conferences, at least for the 'big three', have become an elaborate ritual for the faithful, says Simon Barrow. But their well-spun manoeuvres have little to do with the 'new politics', let alone the harsh word of the Comprehensive Spending...

  • October 17, 2010

    The benefit system is notoriously complicated, leaving both claimants and officials struggling, says Savi Hensman. Errors are far higher in value than estimated fraud. This in turn is far less than the estimated £16 billion of unclaimed benefit...

  • October 16, 2010

    The theme of this year’s World Food Day - marked on 16 October, but resulting in action well beyond that date - is "United against hunger".

  • October 15, 2010

    Concerned Anglicans have written an Open Letter to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, asking him to acknowledge the contribution of so many LGBT people, often partnered, to the ministry of the church and to promote rigorous and prayerful...

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