Subscribe now

All articles in category Cultural and Ethical

Degree of discretion

Article

February 2004
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Degree of discretion

Last December, Joanna Jepson, a 26-year-old Church of England curate, won the right to a judicial review of a case where a foetus with a cleft palate was aborted late in pregnancy.The judicial review, which will take place this year, will allow her to challenge the decision of West Mercia Police not to prosecute doctors…

Read more
The older we grow

Article

October 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The older we grow

Christian experts agree — the older we grow, the more we need the family of God.You have probably seen alarming newspaper stories about elderly people and residential care homes over the last couple of years.You might have read headlines like, ‘Alice Knight, 108, starves herself to death’, following a forced move from her nursing…

Read more
Does it matter what they think?

Article

October 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Does it matter what they think?

'Surprisingly few adults outside of Christianity have positive views of Christians'. So ran the headline of a media release from a US-based Christian research organisation at the end of 2002.1Based on a random telephone poll, researchers concluded: ‘One reason why Evangelical churches across the nation are not growing is due to the image that…

Read more
Diploma disease

Article

August 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Diploma disease

Weare all familiar with the economic concept of inflation, where the prices of commodities increase with time. In recent decades there has also been a distinct trend toward educational inflation. In other words, the qualifications required of potential employees are being continuously revised upwards. This tendency can also affect the church.QuagmireIt ought to be…

Read more
Marriage under attack

Article

May 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Marriage under attack

A new Church of England report, Cohabitation: a Christian reflection, questions whether young people should be 'burdened' with the church's traditional teaching on sex before marriage.The report fears that the Church’s traditional stance has become unrealistic and irrelevant to an increasing number of young worshippers, because society has changed. To retain their allegiance, they…

Read more
Education – Christians under pressure

Article

February 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Education – Christians under pressure

No state school in the UK today - primary or secondary - can be relied upon to promote Christian beliefs or values. Most of these schools will reflect what is called 'pluralism' - the view that we are living in a multifaith society and that our children's education must reflect this fact.That we are…

Read more
September 11 revisited

Article

January 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

September 11 revisited

 September 11 revisitedSixteen months ago, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Cente and the Pentagon sent us reeling. This was not only an attack upon the USA, but an evil attempt to destroy the Western way of life - freedom, democracy, trust and aspiration. It was, indeed, an attack on the world. Not only…

Read more
Sport and the Bible

Article

October 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sport and the Bible

What is sport for? Does it exist to keep participants fit and well? To provide spectators with excitement and escape from hum-drum lives? To provide points of contact with our culture? Or is there more to it than that? Certainly this last year has brought us many exciting sports events and moments: the football…

Read more
A false sense of security

Article

September 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A false sense of security

Last month we began to look at the booklet What about other Religions? by Nicky Gumbel. In this booklet he advocates the ‘wider hope theory’, that is, the idea that many who have never heard of Christ may, if they are sincere, still be saved through him.We continue our analysis by asking what motive…

Read more
What faith is this?

Article

August 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What faith is this?

David Hunt's misrepresentation of God and Calvin and Spurgeon and ... If Dave Hunt is not already familiar to you - after all, he is an internationally best-selling Christian author - he may soon be, if you are Reformed and believe the doctrines of grace. For Hunt's latest book What love is this? Calvinism's…

Read more
Football fever

Article

July 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Football fever

An Evangelical Church in Bristol videod England's recent World Cup match against Sweden, which occurred during a Sunday service, and then invited the local community in to watch it later on a big screen. Other churches have even been cancelling services and inviting people in to watch the football live. John Smith, the UK…

Read more
The secular world-view

Article

July 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The secular world-view

Most would agree that 'secularism' is a ubiquitous feature of our age. But what exactly is it? It is a world-view, I suggest, that says four things. First of all it claims to describe what exists. It is a study of being. It claims to tell us what reality is like - reality concerning…

Read more