Simon Barrow's blog

Seeing both the positive and negative in religion

Seeing both the positive and negative in religion

Much of the current public discourse on 'religion' assumes that 'it' (actually a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon) is either a good or a bad thing per se.

Making your money count

Making your money count

Next week is Christian Aid Week. The aim is to raise money, but also awareness of the way the poorest are hit hardest by 'natural disasters'.

Spiritual or religious?

Spiritual or religious?

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has been reflecting on "The Spiritual and the Religious: is the territory changing?"

Further hearing over BAE-Saudi corruption enquiry

Further hearing over BAE-Saudi corruption enquiry

A short 'relief hearing' will take place at 10.00am on 23 April at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, following the High Court judgment which held that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had acted unlawfully by cutting short a corruption investigation into arms deals between BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.

How religion infuses and confuses US politics

How religion infuses and confuses US politics

Barack Obama recently got into trouble for suggesting that alienated rural voters in Pennsylvania seek refuge in religion, rifles and rejection of outsiders.

Re-assessing Turkey's faith and secularism battle

Re-assessing Turkey's faith and secularism battle

The real struggle in Turkey is not between the religious and the non-religious, but between those who value pluralism and those who want the victory of their ideology.

The High Court, BAE and media massaging

The High Court, BAE and media massaging

The success of arms trade campaigners in bringing the judicial review in which the High Court has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office and UK government acted illegally in dropping a corruption investigation against BAE Systems, under pressure from the Saudis, is a major achievement

The Obama preacher controversy

The Obama preacher controversy

The former pastor of Barack Obama has been accused of extremism for his views on 9/11, the US and terrorism. But he has been defended by a leading moderate commentator.

Networking democracy

OurKingdom, a project of the online magazine OpenDemocracy, is hosting what it believes to be a unique online deliberation on how the potential of the internet can be integrated into a national political process.

Anabaptist voice from down under

Anabaptist voice from down under

Doug Hynd's weblog 'Subversive Voices' ("Reflections on politics, public policy, theology and culture, informed by the radical tradition of Christian witness") has been added to our roll (see right hand column, toward the foot of the page).