We’ve talked a bit in recent articles about the choice to boycott the World Cup by some people to protest the human rights records of Qatar. Cue jokes about the entire Argentinian team opting to join the boycott for the Saudi Arabia game. In my last article, I argued that if we are going to… Continue reading Wales v England: World Cup boycotts and the mote in our own eye
Pints, cake and retrospective justice
#Partygate is the scandal that keeps on giving. In a bid to distract from their own troubles, the Tories have tried to put the focus on an incident during the local elections last year where Keir Starmer was videoed drinking beer in Durham. Their claim is that the leader of the opposition was also in… Continue reading Pints, cake and retrospective justice
Nuclear War and unaskable questions
One of the big questions concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been whether or not NATO/Western allies should respond by committing to help defend Ukraine beyond supplying weapons and imposing sanctions. Some have suggested that at a minimum, NATO could commit to enforcing a no-fly zone against Russia. Now, one of the primary reasons… Continue reading Nuclear War and unaskable questions
Who are our COVID decisions for?
I have had a little bit of pushback on my latest COVID advice, specifically the recommendation that people are encouraged to continue to wear face masks for a little longer even after the legal requirement has been dropped for England. So I thought it was worth sharing a little bit more of my thinking here.… Continue reading Who are our COVID decisions for?
Is Original Sin a terrible concept?
Katherine Birbalsingh, has got herself into hot water this week. Bibalsingh is a free school headteacher associated with an education philosophy that focuses on knowledge rich pedagogy and strict behaviour policies. She has also been appointed the chair of a social mobility commission recently. Her comments that have caused an outcry have been about the… Continue reading Is Original Sin a terrible concept?
If marriage is a public matter then so too is adultery
Yesterday I wrote about the breaking news concerning the then Health Secretary, Matt Hancock and an alleged affair. Hancock has now resigned from the government but as I wrote in the article, the focus was primarily no breach of COVID rules. People have tried to play down the moral side of things by insisting that… Continue reading If marriage is a public matter then so too is adultery
The proposed European Super League exposes our idolatry
The news cycle moves on. What has knocked coronavirus and a royal death off of the headlines this week? That’s right, it’s football and proposals for a European Super League. The plan is for 12 of the richest and largest clubs in Europe to break away from their national leagues to form their own competition,… Continue reading The proposed European Super League exposes our idolatry
Death, sympathy and Distinguishing – Is Donald Trump equivalent to Bin Laden?
Have a watch of this video clip. I wonder if you can spot the mistakes that Ash Sarker makes in her response. Sarkar’s argument is that she sympathises with those who have been celebrating Donald Trump’s illness and wishing for his death for three reasons. That we use black humour to cope with tragic situations… Continue reading Death, sympathy and Distinguishing – Is Donald Trump equivalent to Bin Laden?
Morality and the Christian account of God
So how does the God revealed in Scripture and worshipped by Christians do when it comes to the morality question? Once again we are back to the question of evil and suffering and why a good God can permit these things to happen. Now, there are two charges to respond to here. The first, is… Continue reading Morality and the Christian account of God
Evil Nazis, The Sky fairy and questions about abortion and euthanasia
Today in the House of Commons there will be an attempt to amend the Domestic Abuse bill in order to significantly liberalise the abortion laws still further. I am asking all MPs including our local MPs John Speller and Preet Kaur-Gill to vote against this. I have two reasons for asking them to do this.… Continue reading Evil Nazis, The Sky fairy and questions about abortion and euthanasia