Tag: Human

Genes, Determinism and God by Denis Alexander

Genes, Determinism and God by Denis Alexander

For more than half a century (roughly 1880–1940) it was widely believed that heredity determined race, class, mental health, and intelligence. Read more…

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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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Christianity – the true humanism by Jon Thompson

Christianity – the true humanism by Jon Thompson

This paper argues that Christianity is the most coherent form of humanism. By contrast, secular humanism is historically and philosophically dependent upon Christianity’s view of the human person.

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The puzzle of suffering – part 1

The puzzle of suffering – part 1

by Guy Brandon This two-part post on suffering is hopefully a new way of sharing material with our supporters and wider readers, allowing (and encouraging) them to contribute to works-in-progress and help shape new and developing ideas. It also introduces the idea of ‘Categorics’: a pro-active critique of our culture’s inherent flaws, rather than an […]

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Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood’s ambiguous worlds by Rachel Thorpe

Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood’s ambiguous worlds by Rachel Thorpe

Margaret Atwood is one of the most important and influential writers alive today. Her fiction explores and reflects the current cultural move away from metanarrative and towards fragmented notions of truth. She celebrates this new intellectual trend, whilst also revealing the damage done by its more confused, frustrated and narcissistic elements.

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Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

Uniformity or mutuality? The new equality law in Christian perspective by Julian Rivers

    Abstract The Equality Act 2010 was the last major piece of legislation to be passed under the British ‘New Labour’ Government. This paper explains briefly what equality law does as well as two related groups of recent problem cases. It sets out a biblical foundation for the commitment to equality as well as […]

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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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‘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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Enhancing humans or a new creation? by Denis Alexander

Enhancing humans or a new creation? by Denis Alexander

    Summary Enhancement involves giving abilities integral to the body beyond those we would normally consider a human to possess. Transhumanism is an influential philosophy based on human autonomy in which enhancement technologies play a central role. This paper summarises transhumanism, describes the scope of current enhancing technologies, and provides a Christian critique, presenting […]

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Three principles for Christian citizens by Julian Rivers

Three principles for Christian citizens by Julian Rivers

  Summary Three basic types of argument have a proper place as Christians engage in public life. These are arguments from the common good, from institutional independence, and from conscientious witness. They are all authentic expressions of the Christian political tradition, well-grounded in Scripture. They express three principles for Christian citizens. However, all three are […]

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Lesson plan: What is ‘fair sex’?

Lesson plan: What is ‘fair sex’?

This 45-minute lesson plan consists of three sets of discussion questions, designed to accompany the three ‘fair sex’ public information bulletins here: Relationships Impact Warning, One Flesh and Paying for Sex.    

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5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

These Bible studies accompany the Jubilee Centre book – Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White A set of five Bible studies designed to accompany our book Christianity, climate change and sustainable living by Nick Spencer and Robert White.    

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Biblical law – Humanity & the environment by Jonathan Burnside

Biblical law – Humanity & the environment by Jonathan Burnside

This talk explores the complex relationship between humanity and the environment. There are four main ways in which this relationship is structured, according to the biblical materials: the creation narrative, divine judgements in the primeval history, the ‘post-diluvian’ blessing conferred by God upon humanity, and the ‘eco-laws’ in biblical law. Listen to this episode  

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The window is closed by Margaret Wilson

The window is closed by Margaret Wilson

Summary This paper takes up the story of Western art from the end of the nineteenth century.[4] It explores the move from realism and representation towards abstraction, the cultural influences on this move, and the purposes which this new art may pursue. It traces the development of painting in the first half of the twentieth […]

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Sustainable Living: not just an environmental issue

Sustainable Living: not just an environmental issue

Nick Spencer, March 2007 One cannot engage with the biblical vision for the environment in isolation from its vision for human society. This point is repeated time and again in the biblical story. Deuteronomy 29 talks about how the people’s insincere, hypocritical response to the law would turn ‘the whole land [into] a burning waste […]

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A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

Summary God created a world which he pronounced was very good and delegated to humankind the responsibility for its care. But human sinfulness has marred God’s creation and our profligate abuse of the environment is causing global climate change. If left unchecked global warming will cause global economic loss, widespread suffering and death, particularly among […]

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What charter for humanity? Defining the destination of ‘development’ by Michael Schluter

What charter for humanity? Defining the destination of ‘development’ by Michael Schluter

  Summary The word ‘development’ describes a journey of economic and social change, but is often implicitly taken to define the destination as well. Economic growth is generally regarded as the purpose as well as the means of this social change. However, the biblical emphasis is on the quality of social, political, and economic relationships, […]

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The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action by John Coffey

The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action by John Coffey

  Summary The year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament. The campaign for abolition was spearheaded by devout Christians, and it stands to this day as perhaps the finest political achievement of what would now be called faith-based activism. But who were the abolitionists, and […]

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Idolatry and spiritual parody: counterfeit faiths by Michael Ovey

Idolatry and spiritual parody: counterfeit faiths by Michael Ovey

  Summary This paper describes three major objections to using idolatry for analysing the modern world, and examines the concept of idolatry in their light. Reviewing biblical material indicates just how foundational a concept idolatry is, closely linked to the relation of uncreated Creator and created cosmos. The paper discusses areas where this tool applies […]

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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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