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.
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.
Guy Brandon, 27 January 2015 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the concentration camp in Poland where more than a million Jews were exterminated during the Second World War. Six million of Europe’s 11 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. When the scale of the atrocities became apparent, the […]
Guy Brandon, 22 January 2015 Here’s a quick look at a few of the stories of interest in the news this week, with a brief comment from the Jubilee Centre’s perspective of a biblical vision for society. QE in the Eurozone The ECB begins its programme of Quantitative Easing, with suggestions that it could create […]
Votewise 2015 was written to help Christians think about the major issues in the May 2015 General Election from a biblical perspective. However, its aim is not merely to see people mobilised at the ballot box but transformed from the inside and motivated to pursue lasting change in society. This discussion guide can be put […]
The Sunday pamphlet in our ‘Thinking Biblically About…’ series explores why one day in seven was designed to be special, and the consequences of departing from this biblical norm. The Jubilee Centre was at the forefront of the Keep Sunday Special Campaign, now run by our sister organisation Relationships Foundation. In August 2014 they reported: […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Guy Brandon, 9 January 2015 Even discounting the fallout from the Christmas holiday we are, as a nation and a species, getting heavier. Recent research from McKinsey showed that almost two-thirds of Britons are overweight or obese, defined as having a BMI of over 25 and over 30 respectively. The annual cost to the […]
Privacy and anonymity are in the public eye as never before thanks to revelations about mass surveillance and large-scale harvesting of personal data. How, as Christians, should we respond to the issues this raises? Reports of the extent of the surveillance carried out by government bodies and other organisations have recently come to the fore. In June last year the Guardian published information obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that GCHQ was accessing enormous quantities of personal information – emails, Facebook posts, internet histories and phone calls – and sharing it with the NSA, ‘all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate’.
23rd September 2014: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘Peacebuilding and the ending of apartheid’