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.
In the wake of a terrorist attack in a café in Sydney, Australia, thousands joined an online effort to stand in solidarity with local Muslims who were afraid of an Islamophobic backlash. On 15th December, a gunman took 17 people hostage in a café in Sydney’s city centre and displayed what looked like an Islamist […]
by Guy Brandon August 29, 1997, 02:14 EST Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the rise of Artificial Intelligence will threaten the survival of humanity. He is one of a growing number of experts to suggest that self-aware and genuinely intelligent machines or software will become, as Tesla boss Elon Musk put it, the ‘biggest […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
23rd September 2014: recorded at the London launch event for the Cambridge Paper, ‘Peacebuilding and the ending of apartheid’