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.
The Newick Park Initiative (NPI) in South Africa was a Christian initiative which helped to build the trust and a shared national vision across the political spectrum in the years around the release of Nelson Mandela in early 1990. It also prepared the ground for the mediation of Professor Washington Okumu in 1994 which made possible the peaceful conduct of the first fully non-racial elections of that year. The relational principles governing NPI are a guide for Christian peacebuilding at a national level, applicable in other contexts as well.
by Emily Shurmer. As the Christmas season draws nearer, our already consumerist society is whipped into a frenzy of selling and buying. The message from advertisers is aggressive and relentless: buy our products this Christmas and you and your family will be well-dressed, well-fed and loved by all. The technology might have been upgraded and […]
By Philip S. Powell Each year on 31st October and in the weeks leading up to this day, in Britain and in most parts of the Western world, we now celebrate Halloween. Shop windows are filled with traditional macabre symbols and artefacts – skeletons, skulls, gory facemasks, witches, cobwebs and scary spiders, and of course […]
This reassuring, accessible and enjoyable guide to the 2015 General Election is for Christians who want to make sure their votes count. Published by SPCK in association with the Jubilee Centre, Votewise 2015 explains the main political ideas and buzz phrases that will become central in the next few months, clarifies the issues, and looks at them through a Christian lens. The book concludes by inviting Christian representatives of each of the five main political parties – Conservative, Green, Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP – to explain why they belong to the party they do, and to share their vision for the future.
What is reality? What is the meaning of human life? Why do we suffer? In this concise volume, international lecturer and pastor Ellis Potter explores three major worldviews that propose radically different answers to these eternal questions. In clear and compelling language, Potter shows us that the three worldviews, and the unique hope that each […]
Engage is Jubilee Centre’s quarterly newsletter, which is mailed out to over 4,000 people. The contents of the October issue include: Whose News? A look at what is deemed newsworthy in New Testament times and today Privacy and the State of Surveillance – thinking biblically about the phenomenon of mass data harvesting by governments and […]
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’.
One of the earliest ventures of the Jubilee Centre in the area of international relations was the Newick Park Initiative (NPI), which helped to establish informal and confidential dialogue between leading members of the African National Congress (ANC) and the white establishment in South Africa prior to the fall of apartheid. The NPI held ten […]
In his plenary lecture to the Forming A Christian Mind 2014 conference, Prof Julian Rivers examines the idea of a secular university. The vast majority of British academics work in institutions which are, or which they assume to be, ‘secular’. Sometimes that assumption is expressed in ways hostile to Christian contributions to the scholarly enterprise. […]