Features

  • 19 Jan 2008

    It's too easy too blame the vulnerable for the failings of public services and the economy, says Savi Hensman. We need a new culture, and both faith groups and secular ones like trades unions can contribute.

  • 15 Jan 2008

    From its earliest times, Christianity has been associated with Greek thought, says Giles Fraser. But the legacy of Plato is one that needs a good deal of questioning.

  • 14 Jan 2008

    Actual sea changes in politics come rarely, but they do come, so don't let cynicism make you a functional reactionary, says Johan Maurer, who particularly wishes that the evangelical Christian community would be released from hero-worship and grasped by a biblical vision of social justice.

  • 14 Jan 2008

    Anger can be an ally as well as an avoidance, an ignition for firm truth telling rather than an evocation of loathing, says Gene Stoltzfus. By maturing through occasional bouts of anger, we can learn that hatred is not the base for a workable society.

  • 14 Jan 2008

    Many Catholics object these days to the appellation 'Roman', but it is still widely used by other 'publics, observes Martin E. Marty. Naming tells us a lot about the way our history and that of others has been constructed, and by what kinds of power.

  • 11 Jan 2008

    Eucharistic sharing and the development of goods in community can help to reshape what we mean by globalisation in a divided and unequal world, says a recent consultation of three Christian Communions.

  • 30 Dec 2007

    Traditional categories of right and left don't always work when applied to faith, says Giles Fraser. Yet there is no comfort for the 'religious right' in the Christmas Gospel, which is about giving not consuming and love not power-mongering.

  • 24 Dec 2007

    Christmas and Chanukah, says Rabbi Michael Lerner, share a spiritual message - that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

  • 18 Dec 2007

    Some church leaders caught up in the sexuality row not only refuse to consider scholarship which does not conform to their own perspective but also demand the right to prohibit others from acting on the fruits of study, says Savi Hensman. Anglicans need to be learners not warriors.

  • 13 Dec 2007

    In the world of efficiency savings, productivity and league tables, humans are often treated as tools in a vast machine-like system, says Giles Fraser. We all too easily cede our humanity to the impersonal workings of the day-to-day routine.