The difference between debate and conspiracy theory

I wanted to come back to one of the specific issues in my article about a possible “perplexing silence.”  One of the things I frequently hear these days is that Christians are susceptible to conspiracy theories.  On the other side of the coin I hear Christians complain  that the accusation of “conspiracy theories” silences debate… Continue reading The difference between debate and conspiracy theory

A perplexing silence?

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

Peter Mead thinks that there has been a perplexing silence from Christian leaders and that it has been left to others to “speak the hard truths.”  He writes about this in a three part series here, here and here. Now, as I’ve written a few times, I think that our track record as conservative evangelicals… Continue reading A perplexing silence?

What did the Unions ever do for us?

This is a question I’ve seen asked a few times over the past few weeks as rail, mail and NHS strikes have started to bite.  The response from those supporting/defending union action has been to argue that Unions and Strike action have played a significant role in labour reforms in the UK including better pay/conditions,… Continue reading What did the Unions ever do for us?

Why we don’t want to weaponise prayer

The other day, I wrote about the lady who was arrested for silently praying outside an abortion clinic.  Some commentary made it sound as though a random person, simply passing by and praying had been arrested for a one off, incidental event.  The reality was that their arrest followed a series of actions on their… Continue reading Why we don’t want to weaponise prayer

Organ Donation?

Photo by Vidal Balielo Jr. on Pexels.com

I sometimes am asked my opinion about organ donation.  There seem to be two issues at stake.  The first is that some people are worried about whether Christians may donate organs such as their heart, kidneys, corneas etc to help others with serious illness or disease. The other issue that comes up is that some… Continue reading Organ Donation?

No, the Supreme Court’s decision on a Scottish Independence referendum did not mark the death of democracy.

Photo by Adrien Olichon on Pexels.com

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to call another referendum on independence. Obviously, the SNP and their supporters are upset and disappointed by this. They have every right to campaign for independence and wanted the opportunity for a new vote. I’m not sure that they’ve got reason… Continue reading No, the Supreme Court’s decision on a Scottish Independence referendum did not mark the death of democracy.

Wrong reasons for pushing others into peace talks

Reports in the press over the past week or so have suggested that the US is pressing Ukraine to move towards peace talks with Russia. It is ironic when reports refer to the communications as private. What that means is that no politician is publicly calling for talks in public statements. However, when the world’s… Continue reading Wrong reasons for pushing others into peace talks

why care and prayer are needed as Russia lashes out

Today there have been reports of Russian missiles landing in Poland resulting in deaths. Both Poland and Hungary have called meetings of their security councils. People have also been quoting promises by President Biden that every inch of NATO territory would be defended. It is worth remembering first that NATO mutual commitments don’t prerequisite immediate… Continue reading why care and prayer are needed as Russia lashes out

The nurses strike or Matt Hancock on I’m a Celebrity? When you don’t have to choose between two ethical issues

I saw this tweet the other day. It’s a classical example of poor reasoning and poor ethical thinking.  We sometimes refer to this as “Whataboutery.”  A person expresses an opinion on a moral issue.  They are then told that they should not be expressing views about that issue because issue x is far more egregious.… Continue reading The nurses strike or Matt Hancock on I’m a Celebrity? When you don’t have to choose between two ethical issues