Tag: Politics

80 days to go

80 days to go

by Jonathan Tame, 4th April 2016. It’s 80 days until the EU Referendum, and I’ve been recalling the time in 1983 when I visited Brussels for the first time, on an undergraduate field trip. We learned about how decisions made by the European institutions were filtered down to the ten member states of the EEC, and how the overriding vision was to make war between European nations unthinkable. The deadly European conflict of the first half of the 20th century must give ways to fruitful European cooperation in the second.

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The ‘grit’ in integrity

The ‘grit’ in integrity

by Njoki Mahiaini, 22nd February 2016 “I don’t need anybody’s money.  It’s nice…I’m really rich”. No prizes for guessing which US presidential candidate spoke those immortal words.  I hasten to add, I am not critical of Trump solely because of his fabulous wealth, indeed, in light of the presidential race I consider it one of […]

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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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Votewise 2015

Votewise 2015

This reassuring, accessible and enjoyable guide to the 2015 General Election is for Christians who want to make sure their votes count. Published by SPCK in association with the Jubilee Centre, Votewise 2015 explains the main political ideas and buzz phrases that will become central in the next few months, clarifies the issues, and looks at them through a Christian lens. The book concludes by inviting Christian representatives of each of the five main political parties – Conservative, Green, Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP – to explain why they belong to the party they do, and to share their vision for the future.

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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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Why was UKIP so successful in the European elections?

Why was UKIP so successful in the European elections?

Guest blogger Felicity Leeson writes that whether you agree or disagree with UKIP, you likely recognise that their success in the recent European elections points to some broader underlying issues. But what is it that strikes a chord with disillusioned voters, and what are the origins of these problems?

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It’s not fair!

It’s not fair!

by Guy Brandon Justice… or mercy? ‘A future fair for all.’ ‘Building a fairer Britain.’ ‘We’re all in this together.’ Since the scale of the economic challenges facing the country became clearer in the run-up to the last election, the question has repeatedly arisen: who will suffer most when times are tough? Each party has […]

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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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Where is the world heading? by Dale Kuehne

Where is the world heading? by Dale Kuehne

Keynote speaker at our conference Beyond Individualism, politics professor and pastor Dale Kuehne argues that we are standing on the threshold of an inconceivable age – that current trends must lead us either to anarchy or to totalitarianism.

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Sunday under threat (again)

Sunday under threat (again)

Michael Clark, March 2006 Major retailers like Next, Asda and Tesco are pressing for extended Sunday trading hours. Are 150 hours each week (out of 168) not enough? (REUTERS/Toby Melville) For the first time in 12 years, Sunday trading is again a key topic in the media. Numerous phone-in and discussion programmes have already looked […]

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Concordis peace-builders

Concordis peace-builders

Some of the participants at the recent Concordis Darfur consultation (T. Hayden-Smith) Peter Dixon, September 2005 Twelve months on from becoming an independent charity, we look back thankfully on a year in which Concordis International has built up trust on all sides in Sudan, currently our main area of operations. We have brought key Sudanese […]

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Concordis: making a difference for Darfur

Concordis: making a difference for Darfur

Peter Dixon, September 2004 No doubt you have been following the harrowing news reports emanating from the western Sudanese region of Darfur, where over one million people have been displaced by heavy fighting between anti-government forces and militias linked to the government of Sudan . Armed marauders have systematically killed men, raped women, destroyed crops […]

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