An Essay on Personal Religious Conviction and Political Duty

by Stephanie Redfern Jones  A few nights ago, I watched an episode of the popular BBC television quiz programme, Mastermind, and although it featured notable celebrities, I was surprised to see Tim Farron. The ex-Liberal Democrat party leader resigned in June 2017 over what he said was clash between his personal Christian convictions and political […]

Does it Matter Where our Christmas Traditions Came From? – Towards a Positive Genealogy of Christmas.

by Chris Lynch Amidst the rituals and tropes associated with celebrating Christmas, thinkers and commentators occasionally intervene to highlight how Christmas as practised in 2017 Britain is in some important respects culturally specific, politically problematic, and not as straightforwardly wrapped up with ‘authentic’ Christianity as commonly assumed. Motivating these interventions seems to be the thought […]

Colorado Cake: Is ‘Religion’ driving Legal Discrimination? Not so fast

by Theo Poward You may be vaguely familiar with the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case which is currently pending before the US Supreme Court. In July 2012, same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins from Colorado visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver to order a custom wedding cake for a celebration of their marriage. Masterpiece’s owner […]

Secularism: Contemporary Pleas for Complexity

by Chris Lynch Over the last few months, several thoughtful and conceptually rigorous books have been released exploring the topic of secularism. Two that stand out for their critical acclaim but also for their scholarly style are: Andrew Copson’s Secularism; and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (a point-counterpoint text written by philosophers John Corvino, Ryan […]

Fandom, Religious Zeal, and Idolatry

by Theo Poward   There are a lot of similarities between religious people and nerds. This is elegantly highlighted by a short video that you might need to watch as background for this piece. Despite the oversimplification, particularly in referring to a religious tradition as a “franchise,” there is a lot of truth to this […]

Education, Education, Education: Where is Theology Going?

By Samuel Mellish A damning report entitled The State of the Nation has been released by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales. Its most prominent findings include figures suggesting that 800,000 secondary students, making up just over a quarter of secondary state school attendants, were not provided with RE (Religious Education) classes, with […]

The issue with Public and Private

The following article brings together two people to talk about a certain issue. They speak for themselves and their short pieces exploring the issue are put next to each other. The aim is to encourage you, the reader, to engage and evaluate their arguments; and maybe even respond with your own piece. The issue on […]