Tag: Government

TBA: Democracy

TBA: Democracy

Thinking Biblically About… Democracy When we talk about democracy, we generally mean our right to vote for the body of politicians who make decisions on our behalf. They are elected every few years and held responsible for the way the country is run. Sometimes they achieve what they promise, other times they fail or change […]

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Within the Margin of Error: Scotland’s last-minute bid for independence

Within the Margin of Error: Scotland’s last-minute bid for independence

The once-unthinkable has suddenly become possible. In the last few days, Scottish Independence polls have lurched towards ‘Yes’, so that there is now only a point or two between the two camps. Whilst the difference between them is still within the margin of error, one poll even showed a slight lead for the pro-Independence campaign. […]

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The rise of the new slavery: battling debt in the 21st century by Paul Mills

The rise of the new slavery: battling debt in the 21st century by Paul Mills

Economist Paul Mills outlines the effects of our high levels of public, corporate and private debt, exploring the idea that debt is a form of slavery with consequences that far outstrip its advantages of bringing forward future spending power. This lecture was given at the Jubilee Centre’s 30th anniversary on 14th September 2013. Listen online […]

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All In This Together: The Big State

All In This Together: The Big State

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 […]

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Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Western societies face economic decline and political instability due in significant part to the five moral flaws of Capitalism and their severe social consequences.[2] A radical new economic vision is urgently needed. This paper proposes a way forward through five strategies: embed relational values, strengthen household balance sheets, empower extended families, engage capital providers and entrust welfare to local communities. These changes are mutually reinforcing because they all reform economic life so as to strengthen personal bonds in the local and wider communities. They point towards the Christian vision of a ‘Relational economy’.

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Is Capitalism Morally Bankrupt? Five moral flaws and their social consequences by Michael Schluter

Is Capitalism Morally Bankrupt? Five moral flaws and their social consequences by Michael Schluter

    Summary Many Christians accept Capitalism as broadly in line with biblical teaching. Its economic success appears to vindicate attribution of its origins to Christian theology.[3] This confidence in Capitalism as the best available economic system has meant that Christians have failed to recognise that it is one of the main drivers of social […]

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Jubilee Centre: The Movie

Jubilee Centre: The Movie

The Jubilee Centre has always sought to demonstrate the relevance of the West’s biblical heritage to the challenges facing modern society. To mark our silver jubilee and as we look ahead to how we might best help shape society in the coming twenty-five years, the Jubilee Centre has released a two-minute video introducing its work […]

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How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

    Summary In an earlier Cambridge Paper (September 2006), a biblical ‘Charter for Humanity’ was proposed within a ‘relational framework’. This second paper seeks to answer the question, ‘How do we move towards relational well-being?’ The place where the Bible sets out the foundations required to create a society of right relationships in terms […]

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