CAMBRIDGE PAPERS

The exile of the mind by Julian Rivers

The exile of the mind by Julian Rivers

British higher education is increasingly secular in outlook. This paper identifies three aspects of that secularity: specialisation, instrumentalisation and globalisation. As Christians, we can respond by observing the intellectual, moral and theological inadequacy of the university life this generates. But we are also called to take practical beneficial steps to address its weaknesses as well.

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The looming government debt crisis by Paul Mills

The looming government debt crisis by Paul Mills

During the recent financial crisis, governments borrowed as if they were fighting a world war. They have struggled to reduce deficits ever since and so their debts are at record levels, leaving societies open to the temptations of repression, default, or inflation. This is the poisonous legacy of the ‘Prodigal’ baby boomer generation that squandered not only their inheritance but that of their children too. Biblical wisdom helps us to understand the state we are in and the possible means of escape. But societies ultimately need a change of heart to understand that debt is financial servitude and we all have obligations before God to future generations.

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The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The Bible and Biodiversity by David Bookless

The ethical foundations which underpin the wildlife conservation movement face a crisis: what gives nature its value? Anthropocentric views (which see the world as here to serve human interests) and ecocentric views (which aim to value all species equally) compete but are flawed. In contrast, a biblical perspective emphasises that both human and non-human creatures are made for the glory of God and have value directly in relation to God. This has significant implications for Christian attitudes to biodiversity conservation and for the conservation movement, which are briefly explored.

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OUR BLOG

Poverty in the UK – financial or relational problem?

Poverty in the UK – financial or relational problem?

By Guy Brandon, 21 May 2015 Figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest that almost a third of the UK’s population fell below the official poverty line at some point between 2010 and 2013. 19.3 million people were classed as living in poverty during this period. ‘The figure was higher than the 25% average […]

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The Tragedy of the Commons

The Tragedy of the Commons

By Guy Brandon, 11 May 2015 Thursday’s surprise General Election result left a lot of people – politicians, pollsters and regular voters – uncertain about their future. No one saw it coming. After months of polls consistently showing a hung parliament, the Conservatives’ slim majority caught everyone off guard (including, we have to assume, the […]

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The General Election and UK’s Foreign Policy

The General Election and UK’s Foreign Policy

By Philip Powell As the United Kingdom approaches one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent history, two important words are seldom heard in the clamour of election hysteria: foreign policy. Of course elections are primarily about what politicians can deliver on the domestic front, i.e. NHS, crime and welfare. That is what the […]

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BOOKLETS

TBA: Democracy

TBA: Democracy

Thinking Biblically About… Democracy When we talk about democracy, we generally mean our right to vote for the body of politicians who make decisions on our behalf. They are elected every few years and held responsible for the way the country is run. Sometimes they achieve what they promise, other times they fail or change […]

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TBA: the Environment

TBA: the Environment

Thinking Biblically About… The Environment. When we talk about caring for the environment, the context for people in higher-income countries is almost always our own wellbeing. Generally speaking, the environment is a means to an ends for us, and we protect it for the same reasons we treat any of our possessions well. Whether it’s […]

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Immigration and Justice

Immigration and Justice

Local churches can be a powerful force to help change the debate on immigration in Britain. Over the last few years, and especially in the run up to the 2015 general election, public opinion has been divided over the impact of immigration on jobs, welfare and social cohesion. Cries of ‘It’s not fair!’ abound on […]

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NEWS & REVIEWS

Engage – April 2015

Engage – April 2015

Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly newsletter, mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the April issue include: Anger, insult and humour Jubilee blog highlights It’s almost time to vote wise! Immigration and Justice Serving the Secular University – introducing our new Cambridge Paper Bible & Biodiversity event review Building a relational European society […]

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Engage – January 2015

Engage – January 2015

Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly newsletter, mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the January issue include: What manner of hope?  Preparing for whatever 2015 holds Weighing in on Obesity – our latest ‘thinking aloud’ piece Thinking Biblically About… Sunday – the second of our TBA series of pamphlets Votewise 2015 book launch […]

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Sir Fred Catherwood

Sir Fred Catherwood

By Michael Schluter Sir Fred Catherwood, who died on November 30th 2014, was a person who knew the Lord well. He was committed to issues of justice and integrity, and lived out what he believed. For me personally, he was a source of inspiration for close to 30 years and gave time and support in […]

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REPORTS & ARTICLES

The housing crisis

The housing crisis

By Njoki Mahiaini, 21 April 2015 Once upon a time in a not-so-faraway kingdom lived a people with reasonable expectations of home ownership. Although the grandest palace was reserved for their ruler, there was a saying which rang true in all four corners of the nation: ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’. However, in neighbouring […]

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Anger, insult and humour

Anger, insult and humour

by Guy Brandon Jesus warns his listeners that anger is as spiritually significant as murder. Although humour is not the immediate subject of his teaching, this has implications for what we find funny – not a comfortable idea for a culture that has raised sarcasm to the highest form of wit. ‘You have heard that […]

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The Bishops’ letter and Media’s response

The Bishops’ letter and Media’s response

By Guy Brandon, 25 February 2015 On 17 February the House of Bishops of the Church of England published an open letter, urging for a new kind of political engagement ahead of the next General Election, to be held on 7 May 2015. The letter is explicitly non-partisan. It does not recommend that Christian men […]

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MULTIMEDIA

Simon Stuart responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

Simon Stuart responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’  

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David Nussbaum responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

David Nussbaum responds to ‘the Bible & biodiversity’

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’

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Dave Bookless: the Bible and biodiversity

Dave Bookless: the Bible and biodiversity

21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’

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February 2nd, 2015