Football connects people in positive ways, but also exposes the limitations and injustices of human society, says Tinyiko Sam Maluleke, reflecting on modern South Africa, the World Cup, and the challenge of global Christianity.
G. K. Chesterton, it could be said, consumed the world; but the world did not consume Chesterton. Ian Gerdon celebrates his literary and theological imagination while pointing out the very human contradictions that make him both enduringly appealing and questionable.
Beyond the raw facts of the bruised and bloodied bodies, and the grief of those mourning the loss of loved ones, says Gordon Lynch, the unfolding story of the Israeli navy’s assault on the Gaza aid flotilla has wider symbolic significance.
The ConLib Queen's Speech, setting out the coalition's legislative programme for government looks pale and unambitious compared to the version Green Party leader and MP Caroline Lucas has offered to Channel 4 News.
Behind the tasks of politics, religion, philosophy and science lie abiding concerns about human nature and destiny, says Michael Meacher. In his new book, while eschewing conventional faith, he explains why he thinks life and humanity are full of purpose.
To question the sacralized version of violent history and ‘salvation’ embodied in the ANZAC weekend celebrations in Australia and New Zealand is to risk being accused of ‘blasphemy’ and causing great offence, says Jarrod McKenna. Yet Christians have to risk offending in order to witness to the nonviolent overcoming we encounter and are changed by in Christ’s cross, and to point a better way forward for humanity.
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas hopes to become the first of many Green MPs at the 2010 General Election. She is standing in Brighton Pavilion and is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region. Third Way's Huw Spanner talked to her back in 2005.
Nick Clegg has made unprecedented waves as a result of his appearance in the first ever UK election Leaders' TV Debate. Here Simon Barrow probes him on his beliefs, religion, Europe, his political creed and more.
The Western understanding of Iraq and the impact of post-war conditions on Iraqi minorities, not least Christians, is often woefully ignorant, says Harry Hagopian. But the BBC is to be commended for a recent radio programme examining the 'hidden conflict' in the troubled country.