It has never been easy to answer the question ‘Who am I?’ but increasing social pluralism, the fast-changing world of social media, and easy access to cosmetic surgery make it more difficult than ever. The resulting confusion may undermine wellbeing and threaten social cohesion. The biblical view of human identity as ‘given’ in Christ, worked out imaginatively in relational communities, can potentially buffer these harmful consequences, defend against narcissism and help cultivate personal resilience.
Risk has become a central concept in modern life. The ‘risk society’ that we live in has increasingly structured itself around attempting to manage an uncertain future, in which more knowledge simultaneously provides safety and increases our awareness of what we do not know. This paper argues while the risk society is a secular phenomenon, it provides an opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.
The broad and pervasive ‘trend away from marriage’ has far-reaching implications for society as a whole, as well as for Christians who come under pressure to conform to cultural standards. In contrast to the short-term and low-commitment relationships that have fast become the norm, the Bible holds out a positive vision for marriage, based on God’s covenant relationship with his people, and offers us the hope of communicating an attractive model of marriage to those who adhere to very different values.
By Philip S. Powell, 21 April 2016 Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, during his ordination training in 1992, published a Grove booklet titled Can Companies Sin? He observes, “Companies clearly have most of the features of social existence. The creation of a thing that can agree, commit torts or crimes, is identifiable, affects […]
Is it better to stay in a broken relationship, or exit as soon as possible? Guy Brandon, 20 April 2016 Anyone who has kept up to date on the EU referendum campaigns will recognise there are plenty of reasons to stay in, and plenty to leave. The problem is knowing which is which, since information […]
by Jonathan Tame, 4th April 2016. It’s 80 days until the EU Referendum, and I’ve been recalling the time in 1983 when I visited Brussels for the first time, on an undergraduate field trip. We learned about how decisions made by the European institutions were filtered down to the ten member states of the EEC, and how the overriding vision was to make war between European nations unthinkable. The deadly European conflict of the first half of the 20th century must give ways to fruitful European cooperation in the second.
Thinking Biblically About…. Family. Family is often something we take for granted. Almost all of us are part of a family of some form. Typically, we consider this to mean either our parents and siblings, or a partner and children of our own. Family is understood in the Western world as the ‘nuclear’ family, though […]
Thinking Biblically About…. Food. We have a complicated relationship with food. It’s something we either think about too much, or not enough. Almost two-thirds of Britons are overweight or obese, with an estimated annual cost to the UK of around £47 billion. Globally, some 2.1 billion people – about 30 percent of the world’s population […]
Should the Church be focusing on evangelism above all else, or is social justice an integral part of our faith too? How can we resolve the tension between both making disciples and loving our neighbour? Over the summer of 2015, the Jubilee Centre welcomed Cambridge student Andrew Lawrence as an intern. He has completed two […]
Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly news and comment magazine, mailed out to over 4,000 people. If you would like to receive a copy by post, please let us know using the form here. The contents of the special April 2016 issue of Engage include: Introducing the referendum The big issEU Book recommendation: God and the […]
Jubilee Centre has been providing a range of resources for thinking biblically about General Elections since 2005, especially the Votewise series of books published by SPCK. Our approach is not to advise people which way to vote, but instead to offer comment and reflection on how to evaluate the issues and policy options from a […]
Over the last 25 years, the Jubilee Centre and the Relational organisations launched from it have been developing a method for describing and analysing relationships. The need for this arose originally as we sought to address public policy questions from a relational perspective, following Jesus’ teaching that God’s intentions for all of life centre on […]
Referendum Briefing Paper no. 4 Guy Brandon, April 2016 (From a talk given at the University of Winchester on 9th April) This paper looks at some of the biblical principles that might underpin our political-economic vision of the EU. We look at this issue of EU membership in predominantly economic terms. It’s a cost-benefit analysis […]
The renegotiation of the terms of British membership has secured some guarantees, but the reality of the UK’s ‘special status’ in Europe is open to interpretation. Campaigning is well under way and both sides are strident in their arguments. There are Christians in both camps, and good reasons for both positions, but it is almost impossible to separate fact from propaganda. This article aims not to give a simple In/Out answer, but to articulate a biblical framework within which we might start to ask the right questions around four main issues.
To navigate safely through the ongoing economic and financial crisis in Europe will require the wisdom, skill and judgment of the best economists and politicians on the continent. However, the financial crisis is a symptom of a deeper cultural crisis, which if not addressed, will inevitably recur.
King Solomon’s ‘Thought for the Day’ This calendar takes one verse a day from the Book of Proverbs (attributed to King Solomon) and adds a pithy comment to apply it to today’s world. As it unpacks some of the timeless wisdom from Proverbs, it offers a ‘thought for the day’ for people on their way […]
15th June 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘Prodigal Stewards’
21st January 2015: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘The Bible and Biodiversity’