Simon Barrow's blog

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).

Accounting for the hope within

Accounting for the hope within

Ekklesia's friends and associates are a varied bunch - Anabaptist, Catholic, Evangelical, liberal, Protestant, radical and more. Here Theo Hobson tells it like it is for him.

Blogging against theocracy

Blogging against theocracy

A variety of bloggers have been involved in a 'swarm' over the Easter weekend, speaking out for religious freedom and against attempts to manipulate the state to an exclusive allegiance.

The utimate peace agreement

The utimate peace agreement

In his recent BBC Radio 2 'Pause for Thought' slot, Archbishop Rowan Williams described Good Friday as "the ultimate peace agreement" - and not just in Northern Ireland.

Remembering Romero

Easter Monday marks the 28th anniversary of the murder of Monseñor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, in El Salvador - killed for defending the poor in the name of Christ.

Thinking outside the system

Thinking outside the system

Today there was a marvellous BBC Radio 4 programme on paradoxical Christian philosopher Kierkegaard today. You can download it as a podcast.