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Philip Sampson, July 2009
It is now clear that modern Britain is secular, but an increasing recognition that Western democracies owe much to their Christian heritage gives rise to a disquieting thought. Might the secularisation of Western societies have consequences for a culture so indebted to Christianity? It is gradually dawning on perceptive commentators that democratic citizenship, even democracy itself, might be in trouble once cut free from its Christian moorings.
In Sustaining Democracy, Philip Sampson argues for the dis-establishment of a ‘secular’ religion, the opening of the public sphere to a prophetic Christian understanding of tolerance towards all religions, including that of ‘secularism’, and wonders whether the tools for renewal of Western democracy could lie in the hands of the still vibrant Church in Africa, Asia and South America.
Philip Sampson is a mediator, family court advisor and research fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of Southampton and is author of 6 Modern Myths About Christianity and Western Civilization.
Keywords: Government & Foreign Affairs
John Hayward, July 2009
The Jubilee Centre has worked with the Evangelical Alliance's Forum for Change Education Cluster to draft a shared 'Point of View' on Education. This seeks to express a common position on what Christians think about education and aims to address the Church, the educational community and the wider society.
Category: News & Research
Denis Alexander, June 2009 1 comment
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Enhancement involves giving abilities integral to the body beyond those we would normally consider a human to possess. Transhumanism is an influential philosophy based on human autonomy in which enhancement technologies play a central role. This paper summarises transhumanism, describes the scope of current enhancing technologies, and provides a Christian critique, presenting the biblical strategy for human transformation as a compelling alternative to the transhumanist project.
Category: Cambridge Papers
John Hayward, June 2009
Our latest Cambridge Paper, Enhancing Humans or a New Creation?, considers three levels of enhancement: the trivial (includes vaccination and contact lenses), the conventional (includes cosmetic surgery and the non-therapeutic use of drugs for cognitive enhancement), and the transhumanist. It concludes that, although trivial and conventional enhancements represent no threat to Christian faith, the kind of self-help through technology offered by transhumanism stands in stark contrast to the human transformation and positive relational alternative that is found in Christ.
Category: News & Research
Dr Paul Mills, May 2009
An immensely practical eight-week course designed to help develop a biblical understanding of money and how we should use it, covering the following topics:
1. Possessions and money – who does the possessing?
2. Stewardship – for whom, for what, and when?
3. Giving – the real investment
4. Borrowing, lending, and debt – true ‘freedom’?
5. Saving and insurance – what does the future hold?
6. Investments and gambling – where should God’s money go?
7. Tax, pensions, and estate planning – when the end is nigh?
8. Church finances – nine marks of a healthy church budget
Category: Bible Studies
Keywords: Finance & the Economy
Jubilee Centre, May 2009
Summaries of the plenary by Dr Paul Mills, The Economic Crisis: A Biblical Diagnosis and Foundation, and optional seminars at the Cambridge Papers Open Day held on 4 May 2009.
Titles of the seminars were Transhumanism: Enhancing Humans or a New Creation?, Liberation Theology: an Historian's Perspective, A Christian University?, Anti-Christian Law and Christian Citizenship, The Relational Company, Responding to a Post-Modern World, and Twentieth Century Painting: The Window as Closed?
Professor Julian Rivers, May 2009
Professor Julian Rivers discusses problems caused by equality legislation. Also see his Cambridge Paper, Three principles for Christian citizens