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Human Rights & Human Dignity: Unmasking the Trojan Horse
The forthcoming (26th April) Forming A Christian Mind conference plenary speaker Julian Rivers persuasively argues that postmodern values are in danger of subverting our understanding of human dignity. This is creating a 'Trojan horse' which insinuates a deceptive ideology into public life as the basis of human rights.
This article is the transcript of a lecture he gave at the Jubilee Centre's 30th anniversary in September 2013.
Biblical lament and political protest
This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice. This paper argues lament is needed in corporate worship and prayer, not only to give spiritual expression to faith wrestling with pain, but also to re-energise communities of believers to name injustice, recognise political agency and sustain prophetic action.
Biblical thinking and Scottish independence
'Should Scotland be an independent country?' This is the question voters in Scotland will answer on 18th September. Turnout for the referendum that will decide whether Scotland secedes from the Union it entered with the rest of the UK in 1707 is expected to be as high as 90 percent.