How free is our free-will? Reflections from a neuroscientist By Harvey McMahon Summary Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith. However, science has provided evidence that free-will may be an illusion. In this paper I explore how the brain functions as […]
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.
By Tim Lornie 18th July 2016. Last week, I had the privilege to be part of the first Jubilee Centre summer school. An amazing group of aspiring social reformers gathered from across the world to pray, think and plan. We heard stories of those who have transformed society in the past, discussed the challenges of […]
by Philip S. Powell, 13 July 2016 Seven years of waiting and the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the 2003 US-led military intervention in Iraq has finally been published. The report provides information and answers to several issues pertaining to the second Iraq War, including the decision to engage in military action, how […]
By Guy Brandon, 7 July 2016 The Chilcot Report has painted a bleak picture of the circumstances surrounding the decision to go to war against Iraq in 2003. The Prime Minister has the power to declare war without Parliamentary approval. In this instance there was a debate, followed by a (non-binding) vote. There was strong […]
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 […]
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 July 2016 edition are: Leah: unexpected matriarch Events programme highlights The Resilient Business report and launch Farewell to […]
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 […]
By Tim Lornie 28th July 2016. ‘There is no bad odour, no sound, no monstrosity, to which man cannot become so accustomed that he ceases to remark what would strike a man unaccustomed to it.’ – Leo Tolstoy, ‘The First Step’, 1892 In his moving and challenging essay ‘The First Step‘, Leo Tolstoy tells […]
by Guy Brandon In the star-studded cast of the story of the Patriarchs, Leah sits in the background. She is the daughter of Laban, and becomes his nephew Jacob’s first wife. She plays second fiddle to her beautiful sister Rachel, who herself plays a relative bit-part against the backdrop of the rivalry with Esau and […]
An initial assessment of the new PM’s vision for Britain 15th July 2016 In her speech on Monday that launched her bid to become Conservative leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May set out her vision for how the UK would look under her leadership. Two days later, she was moving into 10 Downing Street after […]
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 […]