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

Election 2015: certainty and uncertainty

Election 2015: certainty and uncertainty

By Guy Brandon, 30 March 2015 Today, Prime Minister David Cameron takes the trip to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, firing the starting gun on a six-week election campaign you could be forgiven for thinking started six months ago. The government will remain in place but as of today there will […]

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Magna Carta, 800 years ago and today

Magna Carta, 800 years ago and today

11 March 2015 Winston Churchill planned to give one of four original copies of the Magna Carta to America to encourage them to join in the Second World War, government papers reveal. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The ‘Great Charter’ was agreed by King John of England on 15 June […]

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Romance: Christian, not grey.

Romance: Christian, not grey.

by Njoki Mahiaini, 13th February 2015 Complete the sentence: “Love is…” Depending on your perspective your answer could range from the musical “Love is…all around,” to the cynical – “Love is…blind,” to the biblical – “Love is…patient, love is kind” and so on from 1 Corinthians 13. For more visual thinkers perhaps what comes to […]

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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

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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Weighing in on Obesity

Weighing in on Obesity

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 […]

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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