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Biblical lament and political protest by Andrew Williams

Biblical lament and political protest by Andrew Williams

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.

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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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The conduct of war: lessons from Deuteronomy 20

The conduct of war: lessons from Deuteronomy 20

Hetty Lalleman, December 2004 Warfare has been part of human life from early times. It is one of the consequences of what happened in Genesis 3 – rebellion against God. The Old Testament is not a book which only contains pious phrases about human beings and God. Of course, God reveals himself in the Bible, […]

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A prophetic vision of justice

A prophetic vision of justice

David McIlroy, September 2004 One of the joys and frustrations of the English language is the size of its vocabulary. This enables us to make distinctions and to highlight nuances which might be lost elsewhere but sometimes it leads to compartmentalization. In particular, this has happened with the concept of ‘tsedeq‘, a hebrew word which […]

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The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

The ‘homelessness’ of modern Britain

Paul Williams, March 2004 The housing market is once again at the forefront of the news headlines in the UK. Many economists have regarded the housing market as the saviour of the UK economy, as house prices continued to rise throughout the global recession that began in 2000. This has enabled consumers to raise extensive […]

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Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Chris Wright, December 2003 The following is a shortened version of the address given by Chris Wright at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on 15 November in Cambridge. Chris has been involved with the Jubilee Centre directly or indirectly since its beginning and currently chairs the Advisory Board. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing […]

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As we have heard, so we have seen

As we have heard, so we have seen

Michael Schluter, December 2003 The following is a shortened version of Michael’s talk at the 20th Anniversary Service on 15 November in Cambridge. Reflecting on 20 years at the Jubilee Centre, I have recognised many of the same patterns of God’s dealings with his people from both the Old and New Testaments. There are four […]

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Leviticus on sex: it might just matter today

Leviticus on sex: it might just matter today

Christopher Ash, December 2003 At the consecration of ‘the gay bishop’ Gene Robinson, protesters held up placards quoting from Leviticus 18 and 20. How does the average newspaper reader respond? With a scornful curl of the lip or a disdainful shrug of the shoulders. ‘How absurd to quote an obscure verse from a backwater of […]

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Where is your treasure?

Where is your treasure?

Nick Spencer, September 2003 Our society has an odd relationship with money. We like to denounce our 24/7 retail culture, and yet still shop ‘out of hours’ in our millions. We lament the estimated £800 billion consumer debt we have accrued, but wait nervously for the next consumer spending figures. We are torn between wanting […]

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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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The relationships option

The relationships option

Michael Schluter, March 2003 In the first of a regular column, the Chairman of the Jubilee Centre and the Relationships Foundation explains why you should read his new book The R Option, co-authored with David Lee. As I’m fond of saying, ‘Christianity is a relational religion’. What does that mean? Unlike Eastern religions where the […]

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A brief theology of time by Paul Mills

A brief theology of time by Paul Mills

  Summary This chapter reviews the biblical witness that God is both transcendent over time and acting within it. Theological challenges to this view, including the development of ‘free-will theism’, have recently been allied to the findings of chaos theory and quantum mechanics. However, the traditional view of God’s relation to time can accommodate these […]

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The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

  Cities like human beings do not get a very good press in the Bible. Their origins were in sin, rebellion and violence, and they continued in this vein. However it appears that God has a redemptive plan for urban life, which will only be comlpeted with the unveiling of the New Jerusalem, but which […]

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Genetic engineering: exploring its role in God’s world by Denis R. Alexander

Genetic engineering: exploring its role in God’s world by Denis R. Alexander

  Summary This essay provides a brief summary of genetic engineering (GE) and considers some ethical issues raised by applications of GE to humans. GE is distinguished from novel reproductive technologies, such as cloning, which are not discussed. The doctrines of Creation, Fall and Redemption provide a Christian framework within which to evaluate the appropriate […]

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Michel Foucault and postmodern atheism: life after the death of God by John Coffey

Michel Foucault and postmodern atheism: life after the death of God by John Coffey

  Summary The French intellectual Michel Foucault (1926-84) was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. His books on madness, medicine, knowledge, punishment and sexuality have had a major impact across a wide range of disciplines, and become set texts on undergraduate courses throughout Britain and America. His life, moreover, reflected some […]

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Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? By Peter Walker

Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? By Peter Walker

  Summary In the light of Old Testament history and prophecy, many would argue that Jerusalem continues to have a central role within God’s purposes today. Yet the New Testament offers a radically new perspective on the city, pointing to Christ as the true temple and the one in whom the promises of restoration were […]

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Deconstruction: gagging the speaking God? By Michael Ovey

Deconstruction: gagging the speaking God? By Michael Ovey

Summary This chapter aims to describe how deconstructionism (arising from new literary theories) works, the way it abolishes the idea of a speaking God, and to examine some ideas for rejecting it. Scholars have been thrilled recently at discovering a hitherto unpublished fragment of Lewis Carroll’s work about Alice. It goes like this: ‘When I […]

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Reflections on providence: can we read events? by Mark E. Dever

Reflections on providence: can we read events? by Mark E. Dever

    Summary There is an assumption in society, and increasingly in the church, that the events of our lives cannot be placed in a larger context of meaning. This chapter considers the obvious moral problems raised by Christian claims to meaning, and suggests some biblical guide-lines which may help us to ‘read’ events. The […]

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