"Cambridge Papers has maintained a consistently high standard of Christian reflection on contemporary issues."
Rev Dr John Stott
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 time of rapid social and cultural change.
The choice of subjects is influenced by intellectual currents and important developments taking place nationally and internationally, both inside and outside the church. The titles of past papers show that difficult topics have not been avoided. Written from a Christian perspective, each paper presents a carefully argued case relating to an important topic, providing material to stimulate further thought and discussion.
Cambridge Papers is reaching a wide audience and having an impact. For example, the paper on blasphemy law reform is known to have influenced the UK parliamentary debate on this issue. The paper on cloning had a direct influence on a policy paper produced by the Anglican Synod of Canberra for the Australian Government. A civic chaplain in the UK circulates Cambridge Papers to relevant departments in his Borough Council and considers the Cambridge Papers to be an important 'tool for engagement' that has 'promoted the cause of the church as a contributor to policy and serious discussion.' The Cambridge Papers are currently sent to 43 countries across six continents.
Cambridge Papers is a non-profit making quarterly publication. We are funded exclusively by donations from our readers. Income from donations is used for production, administration and distribution costs. Any surplus income is used to advance the work, particularly to extend the readership to as wide an audience as possible.