The biblical theme of judgement confronts us with some tough issues, says Simon Barrow. But rightly understood it is about liberation not vindictiveness, and a reorientation which is economic as much as spiritual, political as much as religious.
Some sections of the Anglican Communion are convinced that only their narrow vision of what is permissible in faithfulness to the Christian message is adequate, says Simon Barrow. But they are confounded by the biblical texts they claim loyalty to.
Gordon Brown has been presented with a copy of the Bible which highlights passages which refer to social justice. Chief Executive of Bible Society, James Catford, presented a copy of during a visit to Downing Street.
The Bible needs to be re-read from the viewpoint of women so as to shatter "institutionalised patriarchy", which is reinforced by "conservative" biblical interpretation, says a leader of a prominent group of women theologians.