Commentary

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

  • 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?

  • September 23, 2010

    Today (23 September) is Bivisibility Day. The existence of bisexuality raises issues that are relevant to people of all sexual orientations. In some ways, it challenges modern approaches to sexuality as much as traditional ones.

  • September 23, 2010

    As part of an ill-tempered debate, some say that there should be no mosque in Park Place, New York, until there are churches and synagogues in Saudi Arabia, says Martin Marty As another thoughtful commentator remarked, this amounts to saying, "...

  • September 23, 2010

    ‘Tis almost the season to be controversial. Brace yourselves, because there will be no religiously themed postage stamps this Christmas. It has been announced that Wallace and Gromit have been chosen instead, to head aggressive secularism’s...

  • September 22, 2010

    Christian Concern For Our Nation (CCFON) launched a new campaign yesterday (21 September) entitled “Not Ashamed”. It aims to encourage Christians to “stand up for Jesus Christ in public life”.

    I am not ashamed to be a Christian active...

  • September 22, 2010

    Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are fast approaching (you can read some of the work we have done in this area about looking at the values behind our remembrance including...

  • September 21, 2010

    We here in the UK have had blanket coverage of the Pope’s visit, which has apparently been global. On the whole the coverage irritated me, because, as always, the trivial dominated public debate. ‘Pope’s battle to save Christmas’ was a typical...

  • September 21, 2010

    There is an excellent article by Sharon Wright for the Guardian on her experiences as a governor of a church school here:...

  • September 20, 2010

    There was a fascinating response from former Labour minister Stephen Timms MP at the weekend to a speech made by Baroness Warsi last week. Speaking to Anglican bishops in Oxford, she criticised Labour in Government for undermining “the positive...

  • September 19, 2010

    As Pope Benedict's visit to the UK comes to an end, I am left with a sense of sadness. Despite the words of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, attempting to paint the visit as he would perhaps have wished it to be – an endorsement of pluralism and a...

  • September 19, 2010

    An interesting finding from a ComRes poll released last night for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror, suggests that less than a quarter of the population now support renewal of Trident:

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