Tag: Law

Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

Conscience & the common good by Jon Thompson

The Christian’s conscience is increasingly set in opposition to some of the values and political aims of wider Western culture. This fact is evidenced by an increase in ‘conscience cases’, where Christians are sued or dismissed for acting in accordance with their conscience.

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God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

God, Justice, and Society book by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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Life begins at 30: taking Jubilee thinking from preparation to impact by Michael Schluter

Life begins at 30: taking Jubilee thinking from preparation to impact by Michael Schluter

Jubilee Centre Founder and Life President Michael Schluter speaks about the charity’s origins and history, its changing role and potential future impact as it looks forward to the next 30 years. Listen online or download the audio version here: Listen to this episode

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Word as talisman – on the utopianism of the Jubilee Centre by James Williams

Word as talisman – on the utopianism of the Jubilee Centre by James Williams

“I have heard several people say, for example, that the work of the Jubilee Centre is ‘utopian’.” In this enjoyably well-written paper, James Williams questions why people might use such a word and to what end. He looks at historical and recent views of ‘perfect societies’ and considers both the writers’ motivations and their solutions. […]

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Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Book Review: God, Justice and Society by Jonathan Burnside

Any book on Biblical Law that manages to work into its chapter sub-headings the titles of contemporary films, tv programmes and the title of a Pink Floyd track has surely got to be worth a look? God, Justice and Society is written by Dr Jonathan Burnside who is Reader in Biblical Law at Bristol University. […]

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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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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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Book Review: Generous Justice by Timothy Keller

Book Review: Generous Justice by Timothy Keller

Reviewed by Mary Brown In Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Tim Keller lays out the biblical call to social justice. He presents a clear and convincing biblical exegesis from the Old Testament, especially Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the teachings of Jesus in the gospel accounts, and the practice of the early church as […]

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The Great Financial Crisis: A biblical diagnosis by Paul Mills

The Great Financial Crisis: A biblical diagnosis by Paul Mills

  Summary: The self-destructive tendency of a debt-based financial system has been highlighted in earlier Cambridge Papers.[1] This lesson is being retaught with a vengeance by the current financial crisis. To diagnose our current plight, this paper expounds the biblical teaching on debt, interest, and finance; explains what is really going on from a relational […]

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Thinking Relationally about Justice by Jonathan Burnside

Thinking Relationally about Justice by Jonathan Burnside

Author of God Justice and Society, Jonathan Burnside concludes the 2010 series of three London Lectures by ‘Thinking Relationally about Justice’.

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Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Why drag God into Justice and Society? by Jonathan Burnside

Legal scholar Dr Jonathan Burnside talks about his new book, God, Justice and Society.

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Isn’t Leviticus irrelevant in today’s society? by Jonathan Burnside

Isn’t Leviticus irrelevant in today’s society? by Jonathan Burnside

Legal scholar Jonathan Burnside makes the case for the continued relevance of Leviticus, from the criminal justice system to the X-factor. To explore further, download Jonathan’s reports Consent versus Community, The status and welfare of immigrants and Relational Justice from the Resources section of this website.

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Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

People have struggled with failed marriages ever since Jesus’ teaching was interpreted as ‘Once married, always married’. Biblical scholar David Instone-Brewer claims that new findings in Jewish legal terminology suggest that Jesus didn’t throw out the Old Testament laws allowing divorce for abuse, but was rejecting a newly invented no-fault divorce called the ‘Any Cause’ […]

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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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Anti-Christian Law and Christian Citizenship by Julian Rivers

Anti-Christian Law and Christian Citizenship by Julian Rivers

Extending his Cambridge Paper ‘Three principles for Christian citizens’, Professor Julian Rivers considers the ways in which recent legal developments express a view of the nature and purpose of law which is anti-Christian. It seeks to explore the deeper causes behind the recent spate of legal problems affecting Christians and considers what the proper response […]

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What’s wrong with equality legislation? by Julian Rivers

What’s wrong with equality legislation? by Julian Rivers

Professor Julian Rivers discusses problems caused by equality legislation. Also see his Cambridge Paper, Three principles for Christian citizens

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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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The Law of Love by David McIlroy

The Law of Love by David McIlroy

    Summary The Bible is clear that to love God involves seeking to be obedient to God. Being God’s people involves seeking to make wise decisions about the way in which God wants us to live. Jesus commands his followers to love God and our neighbours. In working out what that means, followers of […]

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