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The Church, Robotics and AI: Conference Report

The Church, Robotics and AI: Conference Report

by Charlee New, 12th July 2018 On 29th June, we took part in a national conference called ‘For the Sake of the Future: The church, robotics and AI’ organised by CARE. Over 250 church leaders, Christians in industry, students and others came together at the British Library to explore the theological, social and practical implications […]

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Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe

Not the Last Word: Seeking a Confederal Europe

by Jonathan Tame, Thursday 5th July 2018 Brexit is not the last word on Britain’s relationship with other European countries. And nor is it the only agenda on the table. The Christian calling to love our neighbour as ourselves doesn’t stop at political, geographical or ethnic boundaries, as Jesus indicates in the parable of the […]

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Printing and Painting

Printing and Painting

by Philip S. Powell, 28th June 2018 The blog-post is a sequel to my previous post on Scripture and Sculpture. At the mid-point of the fifteenth century there were only a few thousand books in all of Europe. These were hand-copied by skilled scholars and the books were mostly kept in university libraries away from […]

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The World Cup Dilemma

The World Cup Dilemma

by Calum Samuelson, 21st June 2018 Following the thrilling victory of England over Tunisia earlier this week, we learned that far more Brits watched the match than the recent Royal Wedding. In comparison to the 13.1 million who viewed Harry and Meghan’s nuptials, current stats suggest that more than 21 million cheered on The Three […]

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Student Debt and Intergenerational Justice

Student Debt and Intergenerational Justice

by Jonathan Tame, 15th June 2018 On Sunday I’ll drive to Nottingham to collect my son and his belongings for the last time. He is graduating with a degree in French and History, filled with all kinds of knowledge and ready to begin his first full-time job – in the constituency office of an MP […]

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Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

Making Money: The Swiss Referendum

by Guy Brandon, 6th June 2018 A poll on the 10th June will decide whether Switzerland should change to a ‘sovereign money’ system – effectively abolishing fractional reserve banking. This Sunday, the Swiss will vote on the ‘Vollgeld’ measure, proposed with the intention of making the banking system safer by preventing commercial banks from creating […]

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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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History Belongs to the Intercessors

History Belongs to the Intercessors

by Philip S. Powell, 24th May 2018 As a young boy growing up in India, I spent many evenings after school running around, playing sports and having fun. However once it got dark, as kids, we always stayed away from a particular mango grove. We believed (or were led to believe) that demons lived in […]

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Thinking Critically About AI

Thinking Critically About AI

by Calum Samuelson, 17th May 2018 The public discussion around AI seems increasingly confused, contradictory, inaccessible, and provocative. In the midst of this, we have just published a discussion paper that could provide clarity and encouragement to those seeking to grapple with these issues. Calum Samuelson talks us through the two big questions addressed in this […]

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Winning the Peace

Winning the Peace

by Jeff Fountain, 9th May 2018 Everyone knows who won the Second World War – and yesterday was VE Day, commemorating 8th May 1945 when victory was declared in Europe.  But who won the peace?  What ensured that European nations would resolve their differences without going to war, which they had done twice in a […]

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Seeing Is Believing: Deepfake Video and Public Trust

Seeing Is Believing: Deepfake Video and Public Trust

by Charlee New, 3rd May 2018 Seeing is believing, as the old phrase goes. However, we’re about to turn a corner in digital fakery that undermines this belief and has the potential to deepen the crises of misinformation and trust.  Did you see Barack Obama’s public announcement about fake news? Only, it wasn’t actually Obama. […]

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Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

Windrush: The categorisation and treatment of migrants

by Guy Brandon, 23rd April 2018 Many British citizens who have lived and worked in this country for decades have been threatened with deportation due to a lack of official paperwork supporting their right to be here. The so-called Windrush Scandal has proved a source of embarrassment to the Conservative government, but the episode hides […]

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Scripture and Sculpture

Scripture and Sculpture

by Philip S. Powell, 19th April 2018 During a recent holiday in Sicily, I had the opportunity to visit several historic sites, including churches built by the Normans. The mosaic artwork I saw was just breath-taking. I stood in awed silence before the Christ Pantocrator at the Cefalù Cathedral. How can works of art from […]

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Can an AI ever demonstrate biblical wisdom?

Can an AI ever demonstrate biblical wisdom?

by Calum Samuelson, 12th April 2018 As the topic of Artificial Intelligence continues to feature in headlines, I recently came across something troubling: the term ‘wisdom’ is being used to describe future characteristics of AI (specifically ASI or Artificial Super Intelligence). A case in point comes from one of the leading thinkers in this area, […]

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Should we be shaking up our TV streaming habits?

Should we be shaking up our TV streaming habits?

by Charlee New, 5th April 2018 This week, in the UK, it seems that Spring has finally appeared. As we collectively shake off our ‘Winter Blues’ and get ready for the new season, many of us will be reviewing our screen habits—and finding ourselves not pleased. I’ve realised that I’ve been spending a huge amount of time on my phone, […]

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The R Factor in Brexit

The R Factor in Brexit

by Jonathan Tame, 29th March 2018 One of the great strengths of democracy is that every adult gets to vote – and we celebrate the centenary of that right being extended to women this very year.  On the other hand, one of the great weaknesses of democracy is that… every adult gets to vote!  This […]

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Probably the Best Idea in the World by Mark Greene

Probably the Best Idea in the World by Mark Greene

‘How we love is the most important thing to God, and love is fundamentally about relationship.’ At the heart of everything there is one very good idea – the true currency of our society, the key to all human flourishing and happiness. That idea is very simple. It is love, actually. Love God. Love one another. Your […]

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Social Engineering: Your soul for sale

Social Engineering: Your soul for sale

by Guy Brandon, 20th March 2018 Cambridge Analytica, a firm whose social media strategies helped Donald Trump to win the Presidential Election, is under fire for overstepping the mark and harvesting information from 50 million Facebook profiles without the users’ knowledge or consent. The episode has sparked a debate about the power that big tech […]

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Usurping the Power of Propaganda

Usurping the Power of Propaganda

by Philip S. Powell, 14th March 2018 A recently published study of 126,000 rumours and false news stories spread on Twitter over a period of 11 years found that they travelled much faster and reached more people than the truth. It seems that Christians are no exception from being caught up in believing and promoting […]

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Spiritually Bloated?

Spiritually Bloated?

by Calum Samuelson, 7th March 2018 On Tuesday the call came for Britain to ‘go on a diet’. Roughly 63% of UK adults are overweight, and 27% are obese. Concerning as these statistics are, they pale in comparison to the global picture, which reveals not only that 1/3 of the world eats too much, but […]

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