Tag: Social

Redefining Marriage: The case for caution by Julian Rivers

Redefining Marriage: The case for caution by Julian Rivers

The Government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection, these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence and even its sexual nature.

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Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Beyond Capitalism: Towards a Relational Economy by Michael Schluter

Western societies face economic decline and political instability due in significant part to the five moral flaws of Capitalism and their severe social consequences.[2] A radical new economic vision is urgently needed. This paper proposes a way forward through five strategies: embed relational values, strengthen household balance sheets, empower extended families, engage capital providers and entrust welfare to local communities. These changes are mutually reinforcing because they all reform economic life so as to strengthen personal bonds in the local and wider communities. They point towards the Christian vision of a ‘Relational economy’.

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By any other name? ‘Fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ as terms of public discourse by Christopher Watkin

By any other name? ‘Fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ as terms of public discourse by Christopher Watkin

  Summary Whatever the words ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ may once have meant, their current use in public discourse is largely negative, save notable references to ‘evangelical social action’. Any adequate response to this situation must include a recognition of the different historical provenances of the two terms, and an understanding of their current public usage. […]

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Insight: Is GDP an adequate measure of growth? by Michael Schluter

Insight: Is GDP an adequate measure of growth? by Michael Schluter

In this five minute video, Dr Michael Schluter talks about the limitations of defining growth by GDP and suggests an alternative pattern for growth.

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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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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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And who is my neighbour?

And who is my neighbour?

Nick Spencer, July 2003 Five years ago my neighbour died 15 feet away from me. I learnt of his death only two days later when I saw a young woman clearing out his flat. He had suffered a massive heart attack and died on the phone to the ambulance. I hadn’t known his name. Two […]

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The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

The Great Commissions by Ranald Macaulay

  Summary Failure properly to relate the Gospel Commission of the New Testament to the Commission of Genesis (the Creation Mandate) lies behind much of evangelicalism’s current weaknesses and internal conflicts. The New Testament, when clarifying the radical nature of the gospel, appears at times to disparage the created order within which we now live. […]

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ROOTS biblical norm or Anachronism? by Michael Schluter

ROOTS biblical norm or Anachronism? by Michael Schluter

  Summary Western society at the end of the twentieth century values individual mobility as highly as any in history. Christians in the past have not questioned that mobility is desirable. If anything, the New Testament (NT) seems to endorse a culture which holds lightly to place, and to encourage Christians to find their roots […]

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The relational causes of crime by Jubilee Policy Group

The relational causes of crime by Jubilee Policy Group

  This paper considers the relevance of Relational thinking to an understanding of the causes of crime. Relationships are regarded as a distinct category of social analysis and the natural forum within which societies and individuals strike the balance between choice and obligation. Relational proximity, it is argued, is essential to the good self order […]

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Attitudes to the ownership and distribution of land in Britain 1500-1930 by Helen Hayward

Attitudes to the ownership and distribution of land in Britain 1500-1930 by Helen Hayward

  Helen Hayward’s research into land reform issues in Britain between 1500 and 1930 has been undertaken as part of the Jubilee Centre’s broader research enquiry into the ethical questions raised by the ownership and distribution of property. These questions are important as property ownership can affect factors such as rootedness and belonging in communities […]

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