Life and Death

  • 2 May 2011

    Civilian protection requires simple, straightforward dialogue and negotiation with the people who can control whether other people are safe or not. It also works, say Tim Wallis of Nonviolent Peaceforce. As soon as we bring guns, tanks and air support into the picture, we are talking about something which more often than not does not work, and often makes things worse.

  • 2 May 2011

    The Vatican has said that a Christian “never rejoices” in the face of someone’s death, even if that person has committed heinous crimes.

  • 27 Apr 2011

    Drugs supplied by European pharmaceutical companies are to be used to execute two US prisoners on the 3rd and 6th of May.

  • 23 Apr 2011

    At least ten churches have been burned in Nigeria, where violence has broken out following the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

  • 23 Apr 2011

    Next to efforts to explain Christian trinitarian language for God, it is sermonising on the message of the cross and the meaning of the resurrection that I often find most painful at this time of year.

  • 23 Apr 2011

    How, we may ask on Good Friday, can wholeness, deliverance and healing possibly flow from a state execution resulting in the unjust violent death of a good person - one in whom his friends and followers felt they had met divine love at its most tangible and engaging? Simon Barrow explores the troubling mystery at the core of Christian belief, and looks at ways theology can address it intellectually, humanly and practically.

  • 19 Apr 2011

    For the first time since 1915, April 24 falls on Easter Sunday in the Armenian church calendar - also Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

  • 19 Apr 2011

    Deir Zor, the felicitous little village in Syria which bore witness, a century ago, to the death march of hundreds and thousands of helpless victims of an organised genocide against Armenians, is in the news again. Arthur Hagopian reports from Jerusalem.

  • 18 Apr 2011

    As a Dutch teenager under Nazi occupation, Ben Bavinck learnt to resist fascism. He later taught in Sri Lanka, then returned in 1988, amidst violent turmoil. By that time, the island had become notorious throughout the world because of the scale of killings, by both government and rebel forces. While doing relief and rehabilitation work for the National Christian Council, he kept diaries, describing and seeking to make sense of what he witnessed.

  • 15 Apr 2011

    The legal charity Reprieve has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Business that it is introducing controls on the export of execution drugs to the US.