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Forming a Christian Mind 2014 photograph

Forming a Christian Mind 2014

Jubilee Centre, April 2014

Price: FREE

Connecting Faith and Academic Life

Our second annual conference for postgraduates and others seeking to connect biblical thinking and an academic or professional discipline is on 26th April 2014.

Category: News & Research

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Education

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3 Theories of Everything

Ellis Potter, April 2014

Price: £7.50

Former Buddhist monk and jazz musician Ellis Potter seeks to explain three major worldviews today in his masterfully concise book, '3 Theories of Everything'. The three worldviews are monism, dualism and trinitarianism, and Ellis explores how each tries to account for what has gone wrong in the world and how it can be put right. We highly recommend this beautiful, engaging book, which will help you understand other worldviews and share your faith with those who hold them. It also makes an excellent gift for people who are open to eastern and new age spirituality.

Category: Books

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Worldviews & Culture

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Engage April 2014

Jubilee Centre, April 2014

Price: FREE

The spring 2014 edition of Engage includes two articles giving a biblical reflection on the winter flooding and Scottish independence; it introduces our new Cambridge Paper by Andrew Williams on Biblical Lament and Political Protest, and reviews Ellis Potter's book, 3 Theories of Everything.

We mail out our newsletter Engage every quarter to several thousand subscribers, and you can download a PDF version here.

 

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Keywords: Christianity & Religion

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Biblical lament and political protest

Andrew Williams , April 2014   No comments

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This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice. This paper argues lament is needed in corporate worship and prayer, not only to give spiritual expression to faith wrestling with pain, but also to re-energise communities of believers to name injustice, recognise political agency and sustain prophetic action.

Category: Cambridge Papers

Keywords: Crime & Justice, Government & Foreign Affairs

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Engage No.42, Winter 2014

Jubilee Centre, January 2014

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The Quarterly Newsletter of Jubilee Centre - version to dowload and print out.

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Keywords: Christianity & Religion

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Genes, Determinism and God

Denis Alexander, January 2014   No comments

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This paper has three main aims. The first is to provide biological information to help with interpretation of the latest genetic discoveries. The second is to argue that there is nothing in contemporary behavioural genetics that subverts the profoundly human experience of acting freely. The third is to show that the Judaeo-Christian conviction that humankind is made in God's image provides a firm basis for human freedom and for the absolute value of each human individual irrespective of their genetic status.

Category: Cambridge Papers

Keywords: Science & Technology

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Interview with Philip Powell

Philip Powell, January 2014

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Interview with Philip Powell about the influence of the Jubilee Centre in his thinking and Christian life.

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Keywords: Worldviews & Culture

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All In This Together

Guy Brandon, January 2014

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The Big State. It takes care of us. Schools, police, the NHS, pensions and benefits: we all pay our taxes so we can share the public services we need. It doesn't always work perfectly, but if we're All In This Together it's far better than letting people fall through the net.

But what happens when the State gets too Big? What happens when the ones making the decisions on our behalf and for our benefit become too distant from the people they serve, and don't really understand our needs properly? Not only do we end up paying too much, but the result is that the State intervenes in our lives in ways that are unhelpful and reduce our freedom.

Visiting the pub for a consolatory pint at the end of a miserable day, Dave is about to find out that being All In This Together sometimes means you don't get a say at all.

Category: Multimedia

Keywords: Government & Foreign Affairs, Worldviews & Culture

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It's All About Me

Jubilee Centre, December 2013

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Individualism. The me-culture. I have the right to make the decisions I want to and that best suit my life. After all, no one else is going to if they're all looking out for themselves too. My career, my home, my relationships: my world is me-shaped.

Individualism started as a good thing: the recognition that everyone had worth and dignity as a human. We have rights and freedoms that previous generations never enjoyed. But that became distorted, until we focused on the self at the expense of the networks of relationships that make life truly meaningful. Instead, we substituted relationships with other people for relationships with Stuff. That's why individualism goes hand-in-hand with consumerism - choice and change are now how we understand our place in the world. Graham Cray writes, 'If individualization creates the structure of our society, consumerism provides its dominant ideology and its navigation mechanism or satellite navigation mechanism. Individuals navigate a multichoice world by being consumers'

Of course, when we each put ourselves at the centre of our lives, we end up leaving other people behind. Hoping for some support from his girlfriend, Dave is about to find out that what looks like freedom for one person comes at a cost to others.

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Keywords: Worldviews & Culture

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Because you deserve it

Guy Brandon, November 2013

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We enjoy an unprecedented choice of consumer goods. Cars, clothes, accessories, music and electronics - especially computers and mobile phones - are available in a greater range of forms than ever before. This isn't a bad thing in its own right. God created a physical world, and using what he has given us is a part of living in it.

But something else has happened along the way. Buying and acquiring new things isn't just about possession any more. It's about identity. It's how we feel good about ourselves, how we define ourselves and understand our place in the world. Adverts make it clear that buying a new product isn't just about owning something useful. It's about a lifestyle. It's not about having: it's about being. Because, to paraphrase a well-known slogan, you deserve it.

On the hunt for a cheaper deal on his phone after the disastrous meeting with a mortgage broker, Dave is about to find out that there are downsides to thinking that way - but that it's not always easy to do things differently.

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Keywords: Worldviews & Culture

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