Tag: World

T. S. Eliot and the crisis of meaning by John Valentine

T. S. Eliot and the crisis of meaning by John Valentine

The poet T. S. Eliot offers us a way of experiencing and interpreting the interplay of our personal and social worlds: ‘Understanding begins in the sensibility’. Read more…

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The Beginning of Wisdom by Guy Brandon

The Beginning of Wisdom by Guy Brandon

I’ve been asked to speak briefly on the subject of forming a Christian mind as an introduction to this conference. I’d like to do that with reference to two things. The first is the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs is about acquiring Wisdom; not in a solely intellectual capacity as we often understand the word, but […]

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Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood’s ambiguous worlds by Rachel Thorpe

Life without certainty: Margaret Atwood’s ambiguous worlds by Rachel Thorpe

Margaret Atwood is one of the most important and influential writers alive today. Her fiction explores and reflects the current cultural move away from metanarrative and towards fragmented notions of truth. She celebrates this new intellectual trend, whilst also revealing the damage done by its more confused, frustrated and narcissistic elements.

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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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End Times Politics

End Times Politics

John Hayward, September 2010 Eschatology is neither remote nor esoteric, but is highly relevant to Christian living. The ‘last days’ are here, the Messiah is reigning now at the right hand of God the Father, and Christians are to pray (as Jesus famously taught his disciples) for God’s will to be done right here, right […]

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Responding to the global economic crisis by Paul Mills

Responding to the global economic crisis by Paul Mills

Cambridge Papers author and IMF economist Dr Paul Mills shares his personal thoughts on how we should respond to the global economic crisis.

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5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

5 Bible Studies: Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living

These Bible studies accompany the Jubilee Centre book – Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White A set of five Bible studies designed to accompany our book Christianity, climate change and sustainable living by Nick Spencer and Robert White.    

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Global Poverty, Global Warming by Marika Rose & Caroline Harmon

Global Poverty, Global Warming by Marika Rose & Caroline Harmon

  This paper, written for World Vision’s Orange Paper series, explores why climate change is a development issue.

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The window is closed by Margaret Wilson

The window is closed by Margaret Wilson

Summary This paper takes up the story of Western art from the end of the nineteenth century.[4] It explores the move from realism and representation towards abstraction, the cultural influences on this move, and the purposes which this new art may pursue. It traces the development of painting in the first half of the twentieth […]

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A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

A Burning Issue: Christian care for the environment by Robert White

Summary God created a world which he pronounced was very good and delegated to humankind the responsibility for its care. But human sinfulness has marred God’s creation and our profligate abuse of the environment is causing global climate change. If left unchecked global warming will cause global economic loss, widespread suffering and death, particularly among […]

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The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action by John Coffey

The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action by John Coffey

  Summary The year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament. The campaign for abolition was spearheaded by devout Christians, and it stands to this day as perhaps the finest political achievement of what would now be called faith-based activism. But who were the abolitionists, and […]

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Co-belligerence and common grace: Can the enemy of my enemy be my friend? by Daniel Strange

Co-belligerence and common grace: Can the enemy of my enemy be my friend? by Daniel Strange

  Summary Co-belligerence describes the activity of Christians working together with non-Christians for a common political, economic or cultural cause. This paper explores one biblical argument on the legitimacy of co-belligerence: the doctrine of ‘common grace’. While common grace can offer a stable foundation for co-belligerence, such activity is not straightforward, and calls for careful […]

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Relational apologetics

Relational apologetics

Michael Schluter, December 2004 Christianity, as we have often said before in this column, is a ‘relational religion’. This means that in a Christian view of the world relationships precede – in time and in importance – the material world, although intimately connected with that world. It means that getting relationships right, or putting them […]

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The hidden dimension

The hidden dimension

Michael Schluter, September 2004 When on holiday at the Kenyan coast this summer I went snorkelling inside the reef. Under the water is another world, where a whole host of sea creatures live in and around the coral: multicoloured fish, sea-slugs and snails, eels and scorpion fish. Looking from the cliffs you see the different […]

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Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Advanced celebration of mission accomplished

Chris Wright, December 2003 The following is a shortened version of the address given by Chris Wright at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on 15 November in Cambridge. Chris has been involved with the Jubilee Centre directly or indirectly since its beginning and currently chairs the Advisory Board. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing […]

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Secularisation: is it inevitable? by John Coffey

Secularisation: is it inevitable? by John Coffey

      Summary It has long been believed that secularisation is the inevitable by-product of Modernisation, and that the rise of modern science, pluralism, and consumerism is sure to usher in the decline of religion. This secularisation myth has functioned as a ‘master narrative’, shaping the way we look at the world. It has […]

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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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Science: Friend or Foe? By Denis R. Alexander

Science: Friend or Foe? By Denis R. Alexander

  Summary This essay examines the contemporary relationship between science and Christianity. The exaggerated claims of secular scientists and Christians concerning the nature and scope of scientific and religious knowledge occasionally lead to conflicts. Overall, however, it is concluded that science and Christianity are mutually supportive. Historically, the scientific enterprise has strong Christian roots and […]

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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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