Culture and Review

  • 12 Apr 2009

    Theologian Janet Soskice has written a fascinating book about the discovery of one of the most ancient Gospel manuscripts. It reminds us that to understand the search for meaning in the present we have to value the past properly, says Simon Barrow.

  • 8 Apr 2009

    The great tradition of the biblical oratorio lives on, says Andrea Stephens. Retired URC minsiter Derek Wensley has his full-length work Re:Creation performed at St John's Smith Square in April 2009.

  • 6 Apr 2009

    Bill Maher's movie Religulous manages to laugh at nutty believers and caricature religion, but it doesn't actually tell us anything or indicate any learning, says Deirdre Good. It takes us in a circle - but not a hermeneutical one.

  • 26 Mar 2009

    The Green Bible, reviewed here by researcher Simon Beard, illustrates that the message of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures is concerned not just with human beings but with the whole earth.

  • 26 Mar 2009

    The film Watchmen directly asks what no other superhero movie has ever had the courage or audacity to posit, says Kevin Boyd. Is society actually worth saving?

  • 16 Mar 2009

    In a recent lecture given at the Royal Academy of Arts, reports Simon Barrow, the Archbishop of Canterbury explored aspects of how icons are examples of the way in which in which divine energy is present in material reality.

  • 9 Mar 2009

    There have been a vraiety of responses to the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, says Alison Downie, including some quite dismissive ones. But what is written, she suggests, is that a life of integrity is its own reward.

  • 24 Feb 2009

    When President Barack Obama said during his campaign that "the United States must maintain a military that is second to none," he was echoing what has become a common refrain among candidates of both parties since the late 1940s, says Emory University's T. Jeremy Gunn.

  • 19 Feb 2009

    Since 9/11 there has been a huge growth in the number of books that seek to explain and analyse the phenomenon of high-profile violent attacks by extremist Islamist groups. Ben White examines a contribution by high-profile Christian writer Patrick Sookhdeo.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    One of the deep mysteries of the early 21st century is why one set of Christians tries to persuade another set of Christians to reject the theory of evolution, says Denis Alexander. He suggests a positive perspective on faith, science and Darwin.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    For most of Indian history, those Hindus who have perpetrated violence against women have got away with it, says Wendy Doniger. It's time for this to stop.

  • 11 Feb 2009

    Christian thought has contributed a great deal to ancient and modern conceptions of justice, says Puck de Raadt, reviewing a recent book by Nicholas Sagovsky. But justice is at heart a matter of community and action.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Could any film be more timely? asks Vic Thiessen. Waltz With Bashir depicts an Israeli soldier in the Lebanon War of 1983 and combines deep psychological insights with a strong anti-war message.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    There are many people who are not Christians who revere Jesus, says Martin Marty. But when his name is invoked in the civic arena they hear assertions of majority privilege in the religious realm, where privilege often has taken form in power against others.

  • 21 Jan 2009

    Some will view Charles Darwin's anniversary year as one in which to score cultural points rather than purely to celebrate science, says Mark Vernon. That would be a missed opportunity for meaningful dialogue.