As previously reported on Ekklesia, Professor Jolyon Mitchell from Edinburgh University delivered his inaugural lecture entitled 'How can weapons be turned into art? How can swords be transformed into ploughshares?' back in September last year. It is now available to view here on YouTube, and very well worth watching.
The competitive nature of the top-down, corporate capitalist system means we can never truly be 'all in this together', says Jonathan Bartley. All we do is sacrifice the most vulnerable for the sake of maintaining an unjust order. Economic alternatives are essential, and go well beyond statism.
Professor Jolyon Mitchell focused on the biblical and practical theme of 'swords into ploughshares' for his inaugural lecture in taking up a new personal chair at the University of Edinburgh on 15 September 2011.
I have just registered as a participant on Globethics.net - a global network of people and institutions interested in various fields of applied ethics. It offers access to a large number resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library.
In the face of a couple of glaring examples to the contrary, politicians may, through necessity, learn the outward usages of integrity, says Jill Segger. In all probability, that will still conceal a degree of hypocrisy, but even the imitation of virtue may eventually lead to the real thing.
Thinking back a year or so, to the Convention on Modern Liberty, I am struck by the fact that the one thing that stands out in my memory was author Phillip Pullman's address, in which he laid out a vision of public policy as it could be if it focused on promoting our virtues, rather than protecting us from our vices
Ethics. Ah yes, a county just outside London, the old joke goes. But seriously, ethical discussion in Britain is remarkably thin at the moment. That's why a new initiative to stimulate proper debate, launched today, has the potential to be so refreshing.