Commentary

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

  • November 5, 2007

    Religion has sometimes been a friend of democracy and sometimes an enemy. It is impossible to generalise (about either religion or politics). But the 'credit' side is often overlooked in current debates.

  • November 2, 2007

    The calls for Sir Ian Blair's resignation as chief of the Metropolitan police may be a distraction from the real issues, says Simon Barrow, reflecting on the 2005 Stockwell terror shooting tragedy.

  • November 2, 2007

    The Economist has today (2 November 2007) published a special report which examines religion's place "in today's modern society" - the role it is likely to play in this century's politics and "how we should deal with it". But is it saying...

  • November 1, 2007

    It is wrong that "rules of law, human affairs and democracy are cast aside to worship a barrel of oil" said Mark Thomas in protesting about the Saudi state visit to the UK.

  • November 1, 2007

    As the debate on migration continues, Jon Cruddas argues that it needs to be located in relation to population change, service provision, housing, employment/the economy and global factors.

  • October 31, 2007

    BCC Radio 4's flagship Today programme was officially fifty years old on 28 October 2007. How could we not send our congratulations?

  • October 30, 2007

    A discussion is taking place over on the Thinking Anglicans website, following a trenchant article by Giles Fraser in the Church Times: Is secularism neutral on faith or anti-religious?

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  • October 22, 2007

    The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has set out his view of women as 'equal but different'. Savi Hensman traces the patriarchal assumptions behind this position, and questions its claims to biblical authority.

  • October 22, 2007

    Both in the UK and the USA, 'religion' is discussed furiously. The loudest voices, including some prominent anti-religious figures and a range of what could be called zealous religiosi, are often those least equipped for thoughtful debate - and...

  • October 21, 2007

    The US religious right is powerful and vocal, but it is defending a dying corpus while failing to attend to the true source of life, suggests Diana Butler Bass in remembering respectfully yet critically a man described by Rolling Stone magazine...

  • October 21, 2007

    The latest controversy over Martin Amis's comments about Islam illustrates how ignorant our debate on identity has become, writes Sunny Hundal.

  • October 21, 2007

    This week (21-28 October 2007) is One World Week - an opportunity for people from a variety of faith backgrounds and none to highlight justice and peace issues arising from the local and the global, as we encounter it on a daily basis.

  • October 19, 2007

    Our friend Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary, New York, USA, has a post which is of natural interest to us on her fine blog ...