Simon Barrow's blog

Between Northern Rock and a hard place

Between Northern Rock and a hard place

The current fluster over how to solve the crisis at Northern Rock indicates the degree of economic fetishism surrounding privatisation and nationalisation.

Tracking the crisis in Kenya

Tracking the crisis in Kenya

A Friends United Meeting (FUM, Quaker) worker has created a useful blog to monitor post-election developments in Kenya.

The death penalty shows its true colours

The death penalty shows its true colours

Ex-Conservative MP Michael Portillo was on TV last night, documenting his attempts to discover whether there is a "humane" way for the state to kill people found guilty of heinous crimes.

What is a think-tank?

What is a think-tank?

The row over government minister Peter Hain's deputy leadership election expenses, apparently siphoned through an alleged think-tank, has raised questions about what these beasts are, exactly.

The archbishop of YouTube

Rowan Williams' "God doesn't do waste" New Year's message is only one of a whole host of YouTube offerings bearing his imprint.

More big questions

More big questions

The crisis in Pakistan, human responsibility and the nature of evil, astrology, the regulation of alcohol...

Christmas greetings from Ekklesia

Christmas greetings from Ekklesia

Though we have wound down somewhat for Christmastide, there is still news to report.

Advent and redeeming religion

Advent and redeeming religion

My prize discovery of the Advent season is a website offering seasonal reflections on the lectionary derived from the insights of René Girard.

Faithfully tackling prejudice

Religious prejudice has hampered HIV prevention and treatment around the world, but faith groups are also a key part of the solution.

A profit without honour?

A profit without honour?

While US TV evangelists talk up Mammon by using the name of Christ, an actor with no faith has been hailed a "prophet" by a leading biblical scholar for his dramatic attempts to challenge the enslaving religion of consumerism.