Simon Barrow's blog

Keeping faith with Blair?

Over on the ever-stimulating OpenDemocracy, Anthony Barnett offers an acute assessment of Tony Blair's recent blandishments on faith and the global order.

Not just the 'usual suspects'

Not just the 'usual suspects'

It's not just the civil liberties lobby that thinks Gordon Brown is wrong in wanting a drastic extension to detention without trial in Britain.

42 day detention without trial is wrong

42 day detention without trial is wrong

Ekklesia's comment section is down so this is our response to the crucial parliamentary vote on 42 day detention without trial.

A confused conversation

The debate about the Von Hugel report on church and welfare looks as if it is heading down a familiar cul-de-sac.

The churches and public service provision

The churches and public service provision

The new Cambridge report on church, government and public welfare (Moral, But No Compass) raises plenty of important questions - which the immediate media furore is in danger of missing or distorting.

What is Faithbook, exactly?

What is Faithbook, exactly?

As far as I can figure out, it's simply another page on Facebook. And apparently, I've criticised it.

Making peace matter

Making peace matter

Ekklesia has contributed to a forthcoming book on the Christian Peacemaker Teams Iraq hostage crisis and its ramifications.

A sense of vision

A sense of vision

I am speaking at a policy forum on 'Renewing the Vision' - one of a national series - on Saturday 7 June, 2pm.

Progressive conservatism?

Progressive conservatism?

Theologian Phillip Blond argues for a 'radical conservatism' (small and large 'C') that puts social justice and poverty at the top of its agenda.

No truck with torture

No truck with torture

Amnesty is renewing its efforts to build an international consensus against torture.