Columns

  • 2 Mar 2015

    Some Christians believe the Hebrew bible clearly rules out same-sex relationships and emphasises distinct roles based on sex at birth. Savi Hensman suggests this may be interpreted differently and considers how the first chapters of Genesis could be read as recognising and rejoicing in the diversity of living beings.

  • 2 Jul 2015

    The Episcopal Church's decision to marry same sex couples has given rise to a wide range of reactions. Savitri Hensman examines the divisions among Anglicans, and Christians generally, on sexuality.

  • 30 Apr 2015

    David Cameron's 'tax lock' pledge is not just an electoral gimmick, says Jill Segger. She argues that it is revealing of the long-standing failure of the Left to counter a view of tax as a no more than a burden to be avoided or evaded.

  • 9 Apr 2015

    The aim of a new grassroots alliance, the Scottish Football Supporters Association, is to 'reclaim the game' for ordinary people and communities – to give Scottish football a real 'democratic moment', says Simon Barrow. This is important culturally and politically, not just for those who like sport. Community ownership and engagement is a core part of the new organisation's purpose.

  • 5 Apr 2015

    Savi Hensman reflects upon Jesus' encounter with a deeply disturbed and isolated man and poses questions as to its meaning for the church and society of our own time.

  • 22 Feb 2015

    The response of many politicians to the Bishops' general election letter leaves us all with questions to answer, says Jill Segger. She asks if we are ready to meet the challenge of a vision beyond polemic and party interest.

  • 25 Jan 2015

    The Church of England will shortly be ordaining a woman as bishop for the first time. This has been widely welcomed. But many were baffled to learn of the novel way in which a male bishop will be ordained not long afterwards. Savi Hensman explores the differences, and the underlying issues of church polity in a changing cultural context.

  • 23 Jan 2015

    We have suddenly become a world that talks about inequality. That's certainly better than not talking about it. But waxing lyrical about a concern and doing something about it are not the same thing, says Simon Barrow, pointing to the deeper issues calling for action.

  • 11 Jan 2015

    Academics and church leaders are among those mourning the loss of Edward Farley, a scholar and writer of "constructive theology", who died at the end of last year (2014) at the age of 85. Simon Barrow looks at his legacy and significance for practical and applied theology.

  • 26 Dec 2014

    Has the usual seasonal avalanche of "they're trying to ban Christmas!" stories abated somewhat, at least in Britain? Simon Barrow looks at the evidence and asks what it says to us about the church and Christianity in an emerging post-Chrstendom era.