Tag: Culture

The ‘grit’ in integrity

The ‘grit’ in integrity

by Njoki Mahiaini, 22nd February 2016 “I don’t need anybody’s money.  It’s nice…I’m really rich”. No prizes for guessing which US presidential candidate spoke those immortal words.  I hasten to add, I am not critical of Trump solely because of his fabulous wealth, indeed, in light of the presidential race I consider it one of […]

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Infinite Choice by David McIlroy

Infinite Choice by David McIlroy

Our culture understands choice to be the means by which we express our freedom and individuality but sees choice as a range of consumer options. Read more…

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Forming a Christian mind

Forming a Christian mind

by Guy Brandon Following our Forming a Christian Mind Conference last weekend, here is a transcript of the introductory talk by Guy Brandon. The beginning of Wisdom Good afternoon, my name is Guy Brandon and I’ve worked as a researcher and writer for the Jubilee Centre for around 7 years now. As a little bit […]

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Education in the Bible: a starting point for discussion by Guy Brandon

Education in the Bible: a starting point for discussion by Guy Brandon

  This draft report summarises our research to date on education in the Bible. Starting from first principles, it aims to shed light on how education is approached in the Bible, including the vital question of its ultimate purpose. Surveying the different attitudes and approaches through biblical history, with particular emphasis on the Wisdom literature, […]

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A Christian Response to Immigration by Guy Brandon

A Christian Response to Immigration by Guy Brandon

  Immigration is a live and perennial issue, and often prompts polarised and unhelpful responses from politicians, the media and the public. Our default viewpoint is frequently one of suspicion, a simplistic reaction that assumes immigrants all come for the same reason and have identical motives. The Old Testament’s approach to immigration was far more […]

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Communicating the vision

Communicating the vision

Jonathan Chaplin, March 2007 This article is based on a talk given at the Winter School on 5 January by Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE). [1] Jonathan draws helpful lessons from Paul’s speech to the Areopagus about how we should engage with the surrounding culture, lessons as […]

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Window on the World (both parts) by Margaret Wilson

Window on the World (both parts) by Margaret Wilson

  Summary Visual creativity is valued in the Bible as an important aspect of human flourishing. Art engages the mind, intuition and imagination; it communicates, provokes and reveals. Painting, in particular, has aesthetic dimensions like shape, colour and composition, and meaningful ones, representing objects, dealing in imagery and revealing underlying belief-systems. By the use of […]

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Does Athens need Jerusalem? A Christian Context for Secular Thought

Does Athens need Jerusalem? A Christian Context for Secular Thought

  Summary Is Christian thinking best done in isolation from secular thought? Or independence on it? This essay argues that neither is right, but instead Christian understanding can benefit from the genuine insights of secular thought, and, to achieve this, must put secular thought into the context of the doctrines of creation and redemption, both […]

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Engaging with Cinema by John Coffey

Engaging with Cinema by John Coffey

  Summary The relationship between church and cinema has often been one of mutual suspicion. Hollywood has flouted Christian values; Christians have responded with condemnation and censorship. Yet from the earliest days of motion pictures, film-makers have been attracted to religious subjects and spiritual themes. Christians today have much to gain from critical engagement with […]

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