Theology

Religion Is Important - And Not Just the Bad Bits

Ben Ryan | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Ben Ryan

While welcoming an opportunity to engage in those issues it is also important to challenge the implication that positive change is something which struggles to come out of religions. Traditional they may be, but mainstream religion has, and continues to have, an enormous positive impact on UK society and a great capacity to create positive change.

Moving Beyond The God Debate

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

As Aurelius states if there is such a being that comprehends like us virtue and the good life then they will understand my conclusions. I will not live my life fearing an unjust celestial being that needs appeasing by frivolous tokens of submission to outrages gestures. My intention is to try and live a good life without such an entity.

Memory, Monuments and Faith

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

When I mention that I study memory in theology, the most common response is for my interlocutors to ask about the things they routinely forget - from quotidian activities to birthdays. And at this point, I have to clarify a bit...

Twitter: Let's Not Indulge With the Pope

John Sargeant | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The pope has some solace for those unable to make the trip to Brazil for World Youth Day next week - an occasion that by attending helps the soul in purgatory. By making use of social media and the internet to watch these events, and read speeches made there the user with a genuine spiritual heart (there is the catch) may obtain an indulgence.

Can "the Glory of Being Alone" Ease our Struggles With Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

"Only the lonely, know the way I feel," Roy Orbison sang in his 1960 hit single. More than 50 years have now passed and during that time many who hav...

Light Darkness and Shadow: Art and the Meaning of Life

Naftali Brawer | Posted 10.02.2013 | Home
Naftali Brawer

But what is the human form if not a pile of junk? We are, if one were to take a reductionist or mechanistic view, nothing more than a collection of bones, organs and muscles.

British Muslims Split Along Sectarian Lines Over Arab Uprisings

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
H.A. Hellyer

For more than a decade I have been studying the community dynamics of Muslim Britons. Their views on the Arab uprisings are intriguing: sectarian fears, disappointments, scepticism, hope and ethnic concerns are all there.

To Whom, or What, Are You Grateful When You Say Thank You?

Mark Vernon | Posted 07.06.2012 | Home
Mark Vernon

I remember once hearing an atheist describe how they were 'grateful that an indifferent universe conspired to give me life.' I knew what he meant. But it raises a big question: grateful to what or whom?

The Role of God, Religion and Morality in Contemporary Society

Tony Sobrado | Posted 26.02.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

The amalgamation of three current events makes this question perhaps more salient than ever. Primarily it's the Christmas period. This is a time of mo...

“Christ at the Checkpoint” Conference Will Only Breed More Theological Extremism

Joseph Weissman | Posted 12.01.2012 | Home
Joseph Weissman

Most Messianic Jews are hugely disappointed that the Checkpoint conference will take place with the blessing of the wider church. We feel let down by many institutions within Christianity, and we are sure they can do more to eliminate antisemitism in Christian theology.

St Paul's Protests: is it Time to Liberate Theology?

Mike Ion | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Politics
Mike Ion

The true message of liberation will always result in some people feeling uneasy. To side, as many liberation theologians in the 1960s and 1970s did, against injustice, to commit one's life to the poor is not a political stance but a moral one.