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Victim chic? The rhetoric of victimhood by Michael Ovey

Victim chic? The rhetoric of victimhood by Michael Ovey

  Summary The rhetoric of victimhood allows us to cast ourselves without qualification as victims, or as saviours of victims, while dramatising our chosen opponents as demonic without qualification. This paper outlines how we sometimes use the role of victim. It analyses the spiritual dangers of manufacturing such blanket identities in relation to usurping God […]

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Beyond scrutiny? Minorities, majorities and post-modern tyranny by Michael Ovey

Beyond scrutiny? Minorities, majorities and post-modern tyranny by Michael Ovey

  Summary This paper examines how two arguments, the supremacy of the majority and the amorality of power, can put some exercises of power beyond scrutiny. It revisits the idea of ‘tyranny’ used by some earlier Christians and its biblical basis, and argues that an extended idea of tyranny helps analyse and appropriately resist certain […]

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Idolatry and spiritual parody: counterfeit faiths by Michael Ovey

Idolatry and spiritual parody: counterfeit faiths by Michael Ovey

  Summary This paper describes three major objections to using idolatry for analysing the modern world, and examines the concept of idolatry in their light. Reviewing biblical material indicates just how foundational a concept idolatry is, closely linked to the relation of uncreated Creator and created cosmos. The paper discusses areas where this tool applies […]

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The Human Identity Crisis: Can we do without the Trinity? by Michael Ovey

The Human Identity Crisis: Can we do without the Trinity? by Michael Ovey

  Summary This essay examines contemporary problems surrounding human identity and discusses their causes and consequences. It analyses the claim that Trinitarian doctrine is now redundant and argues that, far from being a mere parlour game, it alone allows the perfect personal characteristics of the God revealed in the Bible to be fully expressed. The […]

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Deconstruction: gagging the speaking God? By Michael Ovey

Deconstruction: gagging the speaking God? By Michael Ovey

Summary This chapter aims to describe how deconstructionism (arising from new literary theories) works, the way it abolishes the idea of a speaking God, and to examine some ideas for rejecting it. Scholars have been thrilled recently at discovering a hitherto unpublished fragment of Lewis Carroll’s work about Alice. It goes like this: ‘When I […]

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Women, Men and the nature of God: Equality but not symmetry, by Michael Ovey

Women, Men and the nature of God: Equality but not symmetry, by Michael Ovey

  Summary Presuppositions matter in any debate. This chapter looks at a presupposition sometimes held in the debate over women’s ordination, that God could not by his nature restrict certain roles in churches to men. In the light of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, it will argue that this presupposition […]

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Gender Relations: Dystopia, utopia or somewhere in between?

Gender Relations: Dystopia, utopia or somewhere in between?

by Charlee New, 31st May 2018 “A great gap had grown up between the sexes. Segging we called it. From segregation. Almost everything we did was segged. Girls with girls, boys with boys…two big streams that couldn’t make a river.” – The Ice People, Maggie Gee Despite the recent furore over Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s […]

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FACM 2016

FACM 2016

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) explores how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. It aims to help postgraduates and post-docs to develop their capacity to think biblically about their discipline and address the tensions between secular and Christian perspectives on their subject, both in the university and in wider society. FACM is […]

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Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

    Abstract The Equality Act 2010 was the last major piece of legislation to be passed under the British ‘New Labour’ Government. This paper explains briefly what equality law does as well as two related groups of recent problem cases. It sets out a biblical foundation for the commitment to equality as well as […]

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Introducing the Cambridge Papers Writing Group

Introducing the Cambridge Papers Writing Group

The Cambridge Papers Thinking about contemporary issues The aim of Cambridge Papers is to make clear the relevance of biblical teaching to a range of contemporary issues and to equip Christians to respond to the ideas which are shaping our society. Cambridge Papers seeks to make a strategic Christian contribution to public debate at a […]

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The Law of Love by David McIlroy

The Law of Love by David McIlroy

    Summary The Bible is clear that to love God involves seeking to be obedient to God. Being God’s people involves seeking to make wise decisions about the way in which God wants us to live. Jesus commands his followers to love God and our neighbours. In working out what that means, followers of […]

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Book Review: Pierced for our transgressions by Steve Jeffery et al

Book Review: Pierced for our transgressions by Steve Jeffery et al

Reviewed by Alan White This is an important new book from IVP, co-authored by Mike Ovey, Steve Jeffery and Andrew Sach. Mike is, of course, a member of the Cambridge Papers Writing Group. In some ways, it’s a shame that the book had to be written. The authors remind us that “the doctrine of penal […]

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Cloning Humans: distorting the image of God by Denis R. Alexander

Cloning Humans: distorting the image of God by Denis R. Alexander

  Summary This essay addresses the theological, relational and risk issues surrounding the proposal that individuals should create genetically identical copies of themselves, a procedure known as reproductive cloning. It is argued that cloning runs counter to the biblical teaching that humankind is made in the image of God. Cloning would divorce procreation from loving […]

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Does Athens need Jerusalem? A Christian Context for Secular Thought

Does Athens need Jerusalem? A Christian Context for Secular Thought

  Summary Is Christian thinking best done in isolation from secular thought? Or independence on it? This essay argues that neither is right, but instead Christian understanding can benefit from the genuine insights of secular thought, and, to achieve this, must put secular thought into the context of the doctrines of creation and redemption, both […]

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