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All articles in category Cultural and Ethical

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March 2020
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The gospel of Greta

Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the…

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March 2020
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What can evangelicals expect from Boris’s new government?

The dust has settled on the general election. Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won with a substantially increased majority. His Brexit deal was passed and – while we can expect more Brexit battles in the months and years ahead (oh, what joy) – the government can get on with other issues on its agenda. So,…

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March 2020
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Antinatalism: are humans a plague?

According to the popular naturalist and TV presenter, Sir David Attenborough, ‘Humans are a plague on the earth… If we disappeared overnight the world would probably be better off.’ Attenborough has advocated limiting population growth and decries the ‘frightening explosion’ in human numbers. Although such views are not new, they have been given new…

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February 2020
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Why we should avoid using the term ‘Christophobia’

One of the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians was to ‘Name the phenomenon of Christian discrimination and persecution and undertake work to identify its particular character alongside similar definitions for other religions, to better inform and develop tailored FCO policies to…

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February 2020
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Outgrowing facts: Inaccuracies in Richard Dawkins’ new book

Richard Dawkins was asked by journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy in an interview recently, ‘If you could change the world, how would you change it?’ His answer was that he would rid us of ‘anything that’s not evidence-based, where factual knowledge is concerned’. Unfortunately for Dawkins, that may mean he needs to start ripping pages from…

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January 2020
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What’s all this about social justice?

Morality is back. Once again, moral absolutes are not just possible but popular. The #metoo movement has demanded universal standards of sexual morality. People are talking about social justice and the need to liberate the oppressed. This all gives tremendous gospel opportunities, because it invites the question: on what basis can universal moral standards…

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December 2019
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The trashing of truth

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear’, wrote George Orwell. Nearly 75 years ago Animal Farm was published. Famously, its author, George Orwell, believed that real liberty must involve the freedom to call out lies. We live now in an age…

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October 2019
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Feminism: Liberation or Betrayal?

Two themes run in parallel through Scripture with regard to men and women. Equal dignity and significant difference. Women are badly served when their essential dignity as human beings is disrespected. They are also badly served when equality is assumed to mean sameness. Radical feminism cheered for equality, but failed to take sufficient account…

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September 2019
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Thinking the unthinkable: Parents withdraw children from a week of school

Withdrawing two primary-age children from a week of schooling is a step of last resort. But that is the point that two concerned parents reached just before the summer. Faced with a new Sex and Relationships Education curriculum, Matthew and Naomi Seymour felt they had no other choice. ET caught up with them to…

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September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Evangelistic

Is Christianity good news for women?

The three deadliest words in the world today are the words: ‘It’s a girl!’ Over 100 million females are missing in the world due to gender selective abortion, infanticide, or neglect. And that’s just one of many markers of female inequality. Feminists are rightly outraged by this. If we ask what lay behind the…

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August 2019
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Controversial questions in the 2021 Census

Controversial questions on gender identity and sexual orientation are to be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales. These questions will differ from most of the census questions, in that both will be voluntary and only asked of respondents aged 16 or over. The only other voluntary question in the census will…

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March 2019
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8 ways your church should respond to the transgender agenda

In the last edition of ET, I examined the transgender agenda. What is it? Where did it come from? Where is it heading? This time I ask, how should churches respond? I suggest there are at least eight things we must do. 1. We need to provide biblical teaching about God’s good purpose in…

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