The debate on Scottish independence in advance of a mooted 2016 referendum is only just beginning, but Simon Barrow suggests that the contours of a fresh agenda on both sides is already emerging in surprising comments from representatives of the Westminster parties north of the border.
Loud demands for special concessions from society come from those who insist on their own strength, says Simon Jones. Instead, Christians should meet those who argue with them as equals, rescinding historical claims to authority. What strength is left, then, is God’s, he says.
A top Christian monthly magazine has published an interview with Khalid Mish'al, widely regarded as the most senior figure in Hamas, the Islamist resistance group elected in Palestine and described as 'terrorists' by the USA.
Now Cameron is up and Brown is down. But there is something unstable about the media-driven leadership swings and roundabouts, says Simon Barrow. Even so, the Prime Minister will have a job wooing the public.
Third Way magazine, a Christian current affairs and culture magazine, has joined the publishing group which puts out the independent Church of England weekly paper, the Church Times. But it intends to retain its radical edge.