Tag: Life

Matter of Life and Death: Damien Hirst and Liviu Mocan by Christopher Watkin

Matter of Life and Death: Damien Hirst and Liviu Mocan by Christopher Watkin

  Cambridge Paper writer and philosopher Chris Watkin discusses two artists, Damien Hirst and Liviu Mocan, and the contrasting way each of them explores the themes of life and death through their work. Hirst is one of the best known contemporary British artists, and controversial too; he is notorious for exhibiting dead animals in tanks […]

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Eschatology and Politics: the last things we want to talk about? by Geoffrey Penn

Eschatology and Politics: the last things we want to talk about? by Geoffrey Penn

  Summary Christians fail to do justice to ‘politics’ when they seek to withdraw from the political arena or to use political power to dominate society. Similarly, Christians misunderstand ‘eschatology’ when they obsessively focus on debates about end-times chronology and when they effectively ignore it altogether. In each case, the purpose of biblical eschatology – […]

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Legalisation of Assisted Suicide

Legalisation of Assisted Suicide

John Hayward, June 2010 The arguments for legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia are in the process of imperceptibly changing from a duty of compassion towards the suffering, into the right of self-destruction for the hopeless. They are predicated on a potent individualistic delusion of isolated autonomous choice, a refusal to acknowledge the reality of our […]

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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 the biblical […]

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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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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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Making time for children

Making time for children

Michael Clark, March 2004 ‘There is no doubting the scale of parental dissatisfaction with work–life balance. Survey after survey has shown that what people want in these days of near-full employment is not money, but time – and more choice on how to spend it.‘ [1] It is unusual for a week to go by […]

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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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Listening to Agnostics

Listening to Agnostics

Mark Greene, September 2003 At the Jubilee Centre we hold a commitment to evangelism at the centre of our concern for social reform. ‘Shalom’ involves the restoration and enjoyment of all of our relationships including, of course, our relationship with God. Mark Greene here reports on an important piece of listening research that helps us […]

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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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Rethinking relationships in the church

Rethinking relationships in the church

David McMillan, June 2003 ‘Love the Lord your God… [and] love your neighbour as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matthew 22:37–40) This insight is behind the Jubilee Centre’s emphasis upon right relationships as central to human well-being and our attempt to evaluate issues through a relational lens. ENGAGE […]

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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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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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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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