Entries by Jonty Langley from 08/2011

Congo, Christians and Tiny 'We's

| Posted 08.02.2011 | UK Politics

As a universal religion that potentially and at its best can be expressed within (and can simultaneously critique and subvert) any culture, Christianity, with its focus on the New Testament, should never place one race, one nation, one culture above another in any automatic way.

Christianity: Gay-Bashers, Q'ran-Burners and Breiviks?

| Posted 08.07.2011 | UK

We Christians should just shut up. If we criticize non-Christian institutions, policies or individuals, we are crusaders, forcing our archaic will on ...

East Africa, Guilt and Good Fortune

| Posted 08.08.2011 | UK Lifestyle

I was hoping for murder, or at least adultery. Preferably deviant adultery. Sadly, when my friend said in church last week: 'I feel guilty', he was confessing nothing more than a day of being pampered at a luxury hotel: wonderful food, discrete but attentive service, beautiful surroundings. Luxury. 'And when we got home,' he said, 'there was the news about the East Africa famine.'

London Riots: Last Night and its Backlash

| Posted 08.08.2011 | UK Politics

Why London is not Tahrir Square, how Ealing became a little scary and the practicalities of making new friends in a riot.

Anarchism, Socialism and Christianity

| Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Politics

Many Christians have fallen for this oddly popular myth: that a system that recognises people won't willingly do the right thing by the poor and so finds structural means of redistributing wealth is somehow naïve.

Left & Right: Wrong on Riots

| Posted 08.15.2011 | UK Politics

In a lot of riots, I usually have sympathy with the rioters. I understand how this can be irritating, but, if the cause is just, the targets legitimate and the violence aimed at inanimate objects rather than people, while I may not do it myself, I can see where the anarchists/ environmentalists/ students/ ethnic underclass are coming from.

Praying For David Cameron

| Posted 08.21.2011 | UK Politics

'It'd be ironic if you now started a Pray For Cameron movement,' a friend said to me recently. It shouldn't be, of course. I'm a Christian. Praying for the people we dislike is repeatedly commanded by Jesus.

Libya, Police Brutality and Dadaab

| Posted 08.27.2011 | UK Politics

Christians may be inconsistent and hypocritical, but a look at Libya, East and Central Africa and even British policing suggests that they are not exa...