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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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‘Mărțișor’ and the Malaise of Self-Harm

‘Mărțișor’ and the Malaise of Self-Harm

by Jonathan Tame, 1st March 2018 ‘One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ (Proverbs 18:24) 45% of women and 27% of men aged between 16 and 25 have experimented with self-harm, according to a new poll by YouGov, published today, March 1st, which […]

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Davis, Dystopia and Brexit

Davis, Dystopia and Brexit

By Charlee New, 22nd February 2018 On Tuesday, we found ourselves with a set of peculiar headlines ahead of a speech by David Davis, the Brexit minister: ‘Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis’ ; ‘David Davis: Brexit will not plunge Britain into ‘Mad Max dystopia’ For those who found themselves confused, Mad Max […]

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Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

by Philip S. Powell, 21st February 2018 World-renowned evangelist Billy Graham died today. He was one of Christianity’s most recognised and celebrated leaders of the twentieth century. From his humble beginnings as a farm boy in North Carolina, to becoming friends with US presidents and other world leaders, his impact was felt across the decades. It is estimated […]

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When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?

When Christians disagree, does it matter ‘how’?

by Philip S. Powell, 15th February 2018 Over the past two thousand years of church history Christians have disagreed, sometimes harshly and violently, on almost everything from trivial matters to profound theological questions. Even deciding on what is trivial and what is not sometimes has led to major disagreement and breakdown of relationship. In the […]

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An Unreasonable Commitment?

An Unreasonable Commitment?

Guest Post by Jeff Fountain, 7th February 2018 Marriage Week UK runs from the 7th-14th February and is a national campaign which seeks to highlight the benefits of healthy marriage to society, media and governments, whilst seeking to educate and inform couples regarding the benefits of marriage.  To expect marriages to last till ‘death do us […]

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The Ethics of Remuneration

The Ethics of Remuneration

by Calum Samuelson, 1st February 2018 At the beginning of this year, a story about so-called Fat Cat Thursday made the headlines. It marked the point (less than three working days into the new year) at which the earnings of FTSE 100 CEOs passed the average annual salary of UK workers (a ratio of 120 […]

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Could the Housing Crisis Strengthen Welfare?

Could the Housing Crisis Strengthen Welfare?

by Jonathan Tame, 25th January 2018 Following on from his work on how Reformation-era Geneva can help us to re-imagine social welfare, Jonathan Tame reflects on the opportunities presented by the UK housing crisis to strengthen welfare and prevent social isolation. When the medieval city of Geneva faced a housing crisis, caused by the influx of fellow […]

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Robots in Our Image: Three Critical Questions

Robots in Our Image: Three Critical Questions

by Charlee New, 18th Jan 2018. Sophia the robot is back in the news at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Convention. The creation of Hanson Robotics, Sophia is becoming something of a minor celebrity, making headlines last October when it was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. More recently, it’s been given legs and has been reported as having taken its ‘first steps’.

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Whose Resolutions? Goal-Setting, Individualism and the Bible

Whose Resolutions? Goal-Setting, Individualism and the Bible

by Calum Samuelson, 11th January 2018 As we begin 2018, my mind turns to the perpetual project of crafting New Year’s Resolutions. Making careful plans for the future should certainly be commended by Christians (cf. Luke 14:28-31; Proverbs 15:22), but I’d like to take a closer look at a practice that is largely prompted by cultural […]

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Two Public Leadership Issues for 2018

Two Public Leadership Issues for 2018

by Jonathan Tame, 4th January 2018 At the Jubilee Centre, we are constantly engaged in working out what it means to think biblically about public life today. It is good to be wise to the trends which are shaping public life, and as I look ahead to 2018, two dilemmas around public leadership concern me. The first […]

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