Tag: Freedom

Biblical reflections on marriage by David and Heather Jackman

Biblical reflections on marriage by David and Heather Jackman

The broad and pervasive ‘trend away from marriage’ has far-reaching implications for society as a whole, as well as for Christians who come under pressure to conform to cultural standards. In contrast to the short-term and low-commitment relationships that have fast become the norm, the Bible holds out a positive vision for marriage, based on God’s covenant relationship with his people, and offers us the hope of communicating an attractive model of marriage to those who adhere to very different values.

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Human Rights and human dignity: unmasking the Trojan horse by Julian Rivers

Human Rights and human dignity: unmasking the Trojan horse by Julian Rivers

Jurisprudence professor Julian Rivers persuasively argues that postmodern values are in danger of subverting our understanding of human dignity. This is creating a ‘Trojan horse’ which insinuates a deceptive ideology into public life as the basis of human rights. Listen online or download the audio version here: Listen to this episode

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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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Christians need re-education

Christians need re-education

by John Hayward On Monday two High Court judges ruled that homosexual rights ‘should take precedence’ over the right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds, albeit under very limited circumstances. Eunice and Owen Johns had previously raised four of their own children and provided foster care for nearly 20 children, but were told […]

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‘To release the oppressed’: Reclaiming a biblical theology of liberation by John Coffey

‘To release the oppressed’: Reclaiming a biblical theology of liberation by John Coffey

  Summary Liberation is one of the great slogans of modern politics and one of the major themes of the Bible. The Exodus from Egyptian bondage was the foundational narrative of the Jewish nation, and Jesus inaugurated his ministry by announcing that he had come ‘to release the oppressed’. Scripture teaches that Christ brings redemption […]

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‘From every kind of oppression’

‘From every kind of oppression’

John Hayward, December 2009 Modern slavery is thriving and millions of vulnerable people are subjected to debt bondage and trafficked across the globe. In many parts of the world, women are oppressed by honour killings, forced prostitution, genital excision, (sex-selective) abortion, and exclusion from education and literacy. The poor are exploited by unfair trade, and […]

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Human rights and the draft EU constitution

Human rights and the draft EU constitution

Richard Abbot, June 2003 A central feature of the proposed EU constitution is the Charter of Fundamental Freedoms, which if the EU constitution is adopted, will become legally enforceable. It is important for Christians to formulate a biblical view of such documents, since, fundamentally, law and human rights are spiritual issues that both reflect the […]

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Beyond the morality of rights by Julian Rivers

Beyond the morality of rights by Julian Rivers

  Summary This essay considers the current tendency to talk about justice in terms of rights. It analyses biblical material and suggests that in spite of the immoral tendency of rights-language, rights can perform a useful role in identifying aspects of human dignity. After briefly considering the UK Human Rights Act, it concludes with three […]

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