Tag: Law

Insight: How the Bible challenges our environmental practices by Jonathan Burnside

Insight: How the Bible challenges our environmental practices by Jonathan Burnside

In this two minute video clip, Dr Jonathan Burnside considers how the Bible’s teaching about our relationship with the environment should challenge some of our modern practices.

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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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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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Globalization and the world economy – for richer for poorer, for better or worse? by Paul Mills

Globalization and the world economy – for richer for poorer, for better or worse? by Paul Mills

  Summary Globalization is transforming the world for both good and ill, although it is neither new nor inevitable. Globalization is largely innocent of the crimes for which it is usually charged. It has the potential dramatically to reduce global poverty and undermine repressive regimes. But globalization challenges the viability of the nation state and […]

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Mercy not Sacrifice -Mosaic law in Christian social ethics by Jason Fletcher

Mercy not Sacrifice -Mosaic law in Christian social ethics by Jason Fletcher

  Summary Rather than neglect Mosaic law, Christians have a theological responsibility to seek in the law given to shape the nation of Israel, insight into God’s will for nations generally. Mosaic law was never intended exclusively for Israel; its ethical principles originate in the character of God and are foundational to the creation order. […]

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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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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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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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Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

  Summary There is much tension and unhappiness in contemporary gender relations. This was not God’s original design. Men and women were not intended to be separate or to compete but to co-operate. Despite the tensions resulting from the Fall, gender co-operation creates immense opportunities since men and women were designed to be interdependent. Gender […]

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Licence to kill? By Jonathan Burnside

Licence to kill? By Jonathan Burnside

  Summary The Tony Martin case, in which an English farmer was convicted of murder for killing a nocturnal burglar, sparked a national, on-going debate about the extent to which householders may use force in self-defence. Exodus 22:2–3, which permits a householder to kill a burglar who breaks in at night, was favourably cited in […]

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The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

  Summary The basic economic problem is that the incentives needed to promote efficiency and growth also lead to inequality. Biblical law sets out an economic model that shares contemporary concerns for economic efficiency and fairness while avoiding the problems faced by the current Western model. In the process it achieves what economists have been […]

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Risk, Reward and Responsibility: Limited liability and company reform by Michael Schluter

Risk, Reward and Responsibility: Limited liability and company reform by Michael Schluter

    Summary Limited liability is contrary to biblical teaching because, exceptionally in the law of contract, it allows that certain debts may be left unpaid. As a result shareholders, who retain rights of ownership, are excused responsibilities of ownership, while directors bear some of the responsibilities of ownership, and share some of the rewards, […]

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The new world order? by Julian Rivers

The new world order? by Julian Rivers

  Summary This essay summarises the biblical teaching on international order, considers the way in which Christians have appropriated that biblical teaching, and evaluates recent developments in international relations. In the light of events in Kosovo and East Timor, it considers the justification and limits of the use of force in ‘humanitarian intervention’ and the […]

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Relationism: pursuing a biblical vision for society by Michael Schluter

Relationism: pursuing a biblical vision for society by Michael Schluter

Summary This essay tells the story of my search over the last twenty years to find an alternative social paradigm which is closer to biblical norms than democratic capitalism or market socialism. Biblical teaching on this issue is found in Old Testament law, where God provides a normative framework for Israelite society. Jesus says that […]

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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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Disestablishment and the Church of England by Julian Rivers

Disestablishment and the Church of England by Julian Rivers

  Summary Any discussion of religious establishment raises fundamental questions about the nature and relationship of church and state. Before addressing specific issues within the establishment debate, this essay seeks to identify the Christian understanding of these two institutions and discusses various models for their interrelationship. It concludes that while some reforms are desirable, the […]

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Reactivating the extended family by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

Reactivating the extended family by Michael Schluter and Roy Clements

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of applying Old Testament teaching on socio economic issues to contemporary western societies. The paper falls into three parts. The first looks at Old Testament Israel’s social structure and in particular the structure and role of the family. The second examines whether and […]

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