The issue of what constitutes 'the good', in persons, in relationships and in society is an interesting one. It is far less straightforward than many assume, says Simon Barrow. He highlights the importance of theology, and the Christian doctrine of God in particular, for appreciating how we arrive at 'goodness', and how we develop an ethic based on communal virtue in the church and beyond.
A further meeting of the Anabaptist Theology Forum (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and some friends from mainland Europe) is being considered for December 2013, but we do not have a date or details at present.
A senior Christian theologian of religious plurality, Dr S. Wesley Ariarajah, has elaborated on central assertions of his new book 'Your God, My God, Our God' in a conversation facilitated at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva.
Robert Pigott, Religious Affairs correspondent for BBC News, is an affable man who does a good job of compressing, translating and commenting on often complex religion stories to a general audience that increasingly lacks background knowledge and understanding on these issues.
Bernadette Meaden reviews the book that many radical Christians have been waiting for. It shows, she says, how spirituality can be a unifying, liberating force, and how looking at the world from a Jesus perspective can be joyful and life-enhancing.
How does God communicate with us when words are not adequate? How can we even try to talk of God when literal language so lets us down? Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference, says that the whole point of the Christmas story is to show us that the God of Jesus Christ is disclosed in humanity, vulnerability and personalness, rather than abstract theory or proposition. Like love, this calls for a personal and social response within the life of the world.
To coincide with Human Rights Day 2012 (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17578), it seems appropriate to highlight a past report from Ekklesia, authored by Savitri Hensman, examining 'Contrasting church attitudes on human rights for all'.