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 Guy Brandon, 3 May 2016. The Second Coming (of Satoshi): what the tale of bitcoin’s ‘creator’ says to Christians 1MszuPM3GkaEbsa2azA7ZdkrL4v7gQEhCj Bitcoin’s elusive creator claims to have come out of the shadows, but the means by which this revelation was undertaken is suspicious – and there’s an interesting set of lessons for Christians. ‘At […]
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 […]
How do we move from individually living out Christian values at work to embedding a Christian ethos at the heart of our organisations? This report is based on case studies of 8 diverse companies with Christian founders or directors, showing how they have sought to embed Christian values over the long term in their organisations, with a particular focus on stakeholder relationships.
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 […]
Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant (Brazos 2015) Review by Tim Johns ‘Christian Faith and secular culture exist in complex interrelationship’… Grant explains the Church’s need to recontextualise a biblical understanding of sex and marriage, in order to regain its authority and effectiveness as a ‘counterformative’ community. He provides a comprehensive framework through Genesis and Aristotle’s […]
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 […]
Given our wider culture’s confusion around gender issues, how are Christians even to start thinking about the subject? A series of high-profile cases – transgender celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowski twins, Brighton & Hove City Council’s decision to ask four-year-old primary school children to choose their preferred gender identity, and the Obama […]
Safe Haven? Responding to Europe’s refugee/migration crisis ‘Safe Haven?’ is a film by Jubilee Centre and the Christian Political Foundation for Europe which presents both challenges and responses to the European refugee crisis. It focuses on what needs to be done now (early- to mid-2016) and the vital role which Christians can play. The issues […]
by Michael Schluter This paper was first published by KLICE in its Ethics in Brief series, and is reprinted by permission. It sets out five biblical principles for political and economic life and finds that the EU currently breaches them significantly. It proposes three conditions for remaining within the EU but, in the absence of […]
Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]
A framework, agenda and strategy for Christian social reform The definitive statement of Jubilee Centre thinking, Jubilee Manifesto arises from over two decades of serious reflection and practical experience. It presents an alternative to Capitalism, Socialism and other ideologies by identifying relationships as the foundation stone of any society. Ultimately it is the quality of those […]
The world is set to be in financial turmoil for some years to come. Searching questions are being asked about the future of Capitalism in the light of the European debt crisis, excessive levels of executive pay, short termism in share trading, and the dominance of the financial economy over the real economy of […]