Features

  • 10 Nov 2008

    For black people, the expectations, responsibilities and possibilities symbolised by Barack Obama is is almost more than the heart can bear, says Alive Walker. The president elect should cherish personal happiness and find new political ways of handling enemies, she suggests.

  • 22 Oct 2008

    James Bond may be fantasy, but according to an army expert our media replicate many of the psychological tech­niques used by the military to over­come our resistance to killing, says Giles Fraser. No wonder the murder rate is rising among the young.

  • 22 Oct 2008

    The geopolitical dynamics and instability in the Middle East makes that region an important element of any US president’s foreign policy, says Timothy Seidel. But the major parties are still trading in stereotypes, not solutions.

  • 12 Oct 2008

    The current global financial crisis is a spiritual one with usury at its heart, argues political economist Ann Pettifor. In spite of the Gospel message, Christians have also colluded in idolising wealth above people and planet.

  • 12 Oct 2008

    Much contemporary human rights discourse is individualistic. But, Savi Hensman points out, human beings are also shaped by economic, social, cultural and religious forces which work for justice - or against it.

  • 03 Oct 2008

    The current global financial crisis is not a counsel of despair, says Patrick Hynes. It is an opportunity to review our priorities and invest practically for change through agencies like Oikocredit.

  • 24 Sep 2008

    The current economic crash is producing cries of pain, calls for "self-healing" and questions with a distinctly theological resonance, says Martin E. Marty. But do we really get the need to, er, repent?

  • 04 Sep 2008

    Those who defend discriminatory practices for faith schools are losing the argument on principle, in terms of community cohesion and on the research evidence about standards, says Andrew Copson. Let's open schooling up for all.

  • 01 Sep 2008

    Accord is bringing together Christians who favour a change in policy around faith schools, giving priority to openness and inclusion. Their voices are not always heard in the polarised debate about schooling which Acord wishes to redirect in a more positive direction.

  • 29 Aug 2008

    A pioneer in the global study of the phenomenon of fundamentalism, commentator and scholar Martin E. Marty reflects on the changing patterns of religious life as they have impacted Europe recently.