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All articles in category Cultural and Ethical

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March 2021
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Christians debate vaccines’ abortion links

Ought Christians to have a Covid vaccine or not? A live and lively debate has been prompted, not by wild anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, but by concerns over abortion. Serious minded evangelicals are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians hold that receiving the vaccine means being complicit in the genocide of the unborn.…

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March 2021
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Are paper Bibles better? How screens shape our reading

It was a gift from my parents back in 2001. For weeks I had waited, and there it was under the tree on Christmas Eve from Mom and Pop: a first-edition English Standard Version. My first new Bible after leaving home. It would be the first Bible that I would read from cover to…

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March 2021
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The storming of the Capitol

The events in Washington, D.C., on 6 January appeared to take everyone on Capitol Hill by surprise. However, many observers said that though they were shocked, they were unsurprised by what happened. For weeks, people had been breathing the noxious air of unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud and had been told they had been…

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March 2021
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The Great Reset

During the last year, there was one phrase that I heard more and more often. I saw it on advertising screens. I heard it on the lips of politicians. I read it in opinion pieces in the newspapers. The phrase was this: The Great Reset. In the end I decided I should find out…

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March 2021
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A good death

A good death. It sounds innocent enough in English. But put this as euthanasia, a transliteration from the Greek, ‘eu’ (good) and ‘thanatos’ (death), and you have a very different feeling, don’t you? Euthanasia is a word now avoided by those campaigning to kill off the unwanted. So the Voluntary Euthanasia Society became Dignity…

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February 2021
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How Christians come to believe in revival

This article is about revival, so I ought to explain how I am using the word. By ‘revival’ I mean a sovereign act of God in which he pours out his Holy Spirit with the result that people are awed by his being, his attributes, and his works. Christians are awakened from their lethargy,…

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February 2021
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‘Hands, Face, Space’ – for how long?

Let’s imagine we could jump into a time machine and fast-forward to, say, Christmas 2045. Here are two scenarios we could envisage. Spot the differences! Scenario 1 – Seven-year-old girl looking at photos from the summer of 2019 says ‘Mum, I don’t believe it! Why are all these people sitting together and not wearing…

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February 2021
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The new normal, God with us

‘We’ll soon be back to normal!’ So the politicians keep telling us, thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine. But what is normal? I think the politicians’ hope is that by this time next year, social distancing, face masks, and ubiquitous hand sanitisers will be a thing of the past. Hopefully by Christmas 2021, we shall…

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February 2021
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Christian medics speak out on transgender ideology

Medical professionals have warned about the damage transgender ideology is causing UK children in a recent video. In it, doctors and scientists give ‘a scientific and compassionate response’ to the transgender agenda. Copies have been sent to schools and MPs. Although the producers, Truth in Science, and the contributors are Christians, the arguments are…

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February 2021
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All Fulham boys matter

People are far from equal. Socially, academically, economically, mentally, physically. Rightly, politicians and educators try to address this, and in doing so ‘group’ people together. Pupil Premium (disadvantaged children who receive additional school funding), BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), SEN (Special Educational Needs) and so on. Pressure groups and organisations take up the…

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January 2021
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Veganuary

I’m not sure when it all began, but a recent trend has been to link months with lifestyle improvements and diseases. Thus we have had Stoptober for some years, an attempt to encourage people to stop smoking each October, and Movember, in which men have been encouraged to grow moustaches and raise money for…

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January 2021
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Westminster School of Theology

‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on…

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