Jonty Langley
Jonathan Langley is a columnist and commentator and was the 'weekly news communist' for The Baptist Times. An evangelical Christian with leftist politics, he regularly comments on political and justice issues in the Christian press and broadcast media. He also works for one of Britain’s oldest Christian mission agencies and has worked with a charity serving the homeless in Reading. His commentary has been featured in Christianity, EthicsDaily,, Threads, Associated Baptist Press, The Narnian Socialist Review and Baptist Times as well as on many religious radio news shows.

Entries by Jonty Langley

Leftist Supergroup, One Night Only: Assange, Zizek and Varoufakis on Stage

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (22:40)

If leftist intellectuals can be rock-stars (and somewhere there must be a guitar trashed by Thomas Piketty that proves they can), then Monday night at the Royal Festival Hall was a once-off gig by a supergroup.

Slavoj Zizek and Yanis Varoufakis, the Tom...

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Good Friday vs Easter: We Don't Always Have to Win

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2015 | (11:22)

After the weekend of chocolate and roasts: a reflection on Easter, Good Friday and not winning.

"It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'!" Legendary American preacher Tony Campolo's trademark phrase always makes an appearance around Easter. Yes, he's saying, it all looks dark right now. Our Lord...

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Jesus Christ, Extremist: The Devil's Passion

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2015 | (23:40)

Justin Butcher's Devil's Passion brings thought and, well, passion, to political debate and church life alike.

It's the evening of Good Friday as I write this and, all over the country, churches are relaxing after a hard day's trying to engage outsiders with the central story in our calendar. Walks...

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Theresa May Is Wrong - and Christians Should Care

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2014 | (14:59)

Theresa May made her latest speech as Minister for Irony today, as she invoked tolerance, freedom of speech and diversity while announcing that a future Conservative government would introduce anti-extremist laws that can only be described as, well, extreme.

Britain has no shortage of anti-terror laws that make expressing...

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Drinking Beer With Richard Rohr in New Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (21:22)

Interviewing the nicest holy man you've ever met is harder than you'd think.


The first time I met Richard Rohr, I disgraced myself. It was at the wonderful Greenbelt festival, where Father Richard was a speaker. I was in...

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Rainbow Come and the Future of Christian Sex

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (11:53)

A Christian band brought me joy recently. Probably without intending to do so.

They are kind of a big deal in China. They're Chinese, you see - a Chinese Christian band who have made it onto China's equivalent of X-Factor. A few Christian sites had picked up their story as...

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Fifty Shades of Green(e): Two Festivals That Make Britain Great

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (21:29)

Why Greenbelt and the Graham Greene International Festival exemplify what is best about Britain.


Some of my best friends are Nazis. Actually, that's not true. One of my Facebook friends is. Although he prefers the terms 'ethno-nationalist' and 'race-realist'.

I discovered his profoundly...

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Interview: Peterson Toscano, Gay Christian activist

(1) Comments | Posted 29 May 2012 | (23:37)

Peterson Toscano is an American gay Christian activist and performer. That's an awful lot of labels. He's also an actor, a Quaker, a survivor of the 'Ex-Gay Movement', a comedian, a playwright and an actor, to add a few more. Personally, I just found him charming, smart and funny. And...

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Interview: Mark Thomas on Palestine, Free Speech and Christian Festivals

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2012 | (00:00)

Anti-terror laws, government-sponsored arms-dealers and testing the limits of free speech and protest: Mark Thomas has tackled them all.

His comedy manages to be full of conscience and political righteousness without descending into buzzkill. That's particularly impressive when dealing with material based on walking the length of Israel's...

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Budget 2012: A Christian Response

(1) Comments | Posted 23 March 2012 | (16:51)

I am a winner. Not in terms of the important stuff like being handsome or sporty or dressing well, but in terms of the 2012 Budget. A quick spin on the BBC News Budget Calculator revealed that my wife and I will be about £300 better off thanks to Chancellor...

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Three Reasons Why Frothing at the Mouth About an Iranian Nuke is Stupid

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2012 | (18:29)

2012-03-13-images-irannukenarniansocialist.jpgI recently shared on a Christian comment and culture site why I thought that the continued mutterings about Iran's nuclear program were not just unfounded, but hypocritical. I identified three reasons why Iran's nuclear ambitions are not a...

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I Hated Kony Before He Was Cool

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2012 | (21:37)

Why Kony2012 should make us happy, and why it should make us sad.

"I hated Joseph Kony before he was cool." That's the thought I had to keep stifling on Wednesday, like some sort of humanitarian crisis hipster struggling with the fact his favourite band has 'gone...

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Picking Sides: Us v Them

(2) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (16:09)

Whether it's Iran, the world's poor, or any other enemy, Christians must reject the idea that 'they' are less important than 'us'.

War with Iran has been the subject of whispers for weeks. The most likely candidates for attacker of the Islamic republic are of course Israel...

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Picking Sides: Free v Popular Speech

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (15:40)

Hating Clarkson for the right reasons and loving free speech because it's good for us: Christians need to wake up.

It is so important to hate Jeremy Clarkson for the right reasons. Doing so on ridiculous grounds just spoils it for the rest of us. I say this assuming...

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Picking Sides: Corporations v Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted 7 December 2011 | (16:44)

Christians and the rest of us need to realise that there is a choice to be made between corporate power and real democracy.

The Corporation has much to answer for. Not one corporation in particular (and not the excellent documentary of the same name), but the institution...

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Picking sides: Rich v poor

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2011 | (12:58)

Christians need to side with the poor, and they need to find meaningful ways of doing it -- soon.

Class war is like triumphing over a sin. The only people talking about it are the ones who are already doing it. A quick glance at the news...

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Where Poppies Burn

(1) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (21:49)

Poppy-burning may become for Britain what flag-burning is for the US: a hot-button issue that divides the country along what might seem artificial lines. What it currently is, is a rather un-nuanced and generalising demonstration of dissatisfaction with a few aspects of a society by desecrating a largely cherished symbol...

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Poppy for the Guy?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2011 | (19:11)

Some Evangelical Christians freak out every year over the possibility that their children might get involved in potentially evil Halloween antics, but have no problem with Bonfire Night. "Light Parties" may not be the same kind of torture Mr Fawkes faced, but their lameness is at least a...

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Christians Picking Sides at St Paul's

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2011 | (10:20)

If they don't want to be identified with extremists, why do they reveal they are religious? The paraphrased question, asked on Radio 4 a while back, related to the Ennahda party, winners of last week's Tunisian election. But the sentiment will be familiar to Christians. Religious people should ignore or...

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Preoccupied At St Pauls

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2011 | (23:29)

The policeman preventing our exit from the protest said to me: "Your t-shirt is a bit of a giveaway." It wasn't a fashion criticism. My shirt had 'poverty is political' printed on it. And that was enough of a reason to keep me and my friends within a police-cordoned area...

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