A quick response to the Sojourners Statement

Recently a statement called "Reclaiming Jesus" that has come out against the appalling abuses of Christianity by some of the political right has been shared by a friend on my facebook. The people that have signed the sojourners statement number a good few ministers from several different denominations. Most of these denominations could be described loosely as theologically liberal, with some solid bible teaching (depending from Church to Church). What I seek to argue is that there is truth in some of the statements, but…

How should Christians approach the issue of immigration?

Well if I had been hoping for a monthly topic that was non-controversial to discuss in terms of Christianity,  immigration certainly wouldn't have been the topic of choice! The conversation around immigration tends to be extremely toxic, often with both sides, that is those who want open borders compared with those who want controls, declaring each other to be unchristian. Here I hope to demonstrate, through the Bible, how both sides get it completely wrong. For the sake of brevity, I will call them the “Controlled borders”…

Denying Gold to Julian : Basil of Caesarea’s Radical Politics

Basil of Caesarea (also known as Basil the Great) was a Cappadocian monk that came from an area in what is now Turkey. He lived a highly aesthetic lifestyle, choosing not to eat many foods so that he would focus on God. While his works often discuss many things to do with theology ("On the Holy Spirit" and his "Homilies on Genesis" are Christian classics, read them!), in this article I'm discussing his response to a non-Christian emperor called Julian the Apostate. This is in the hopes that both Non-Christian and Christian…

Brexit and Religion: A Christian Perspective on Brexit

So I decided to write on Brexit and religion for this month's topic of multiple perspectives, and immediately was presented with a problem. How do I do justice to this topic? It would be very easy to come down on one side of the debate from a theological perspective. However, as a Christian, I'm obliged to give God's perspective on the matter, not my own. What I'm not going to discuss I'm not going to discuss whether Brexit was a good thing to vote for Biblically speaking, there are some things that I think the EU does…

The Peter Rabbit Movie: A study in poor film messages

So, I have an admission to make: I  enjoy children's films. I frequently find the “gritty, edgy film making” of adult cinema to be hard to watch, its style, often with gratuitous sex and violence, as well as casual use of crude language in order to “appear more realistic” or suchlike is rather unpleasant. I say this as a massive horror geek who has written on Lovecraft and enjoys “so bad they're good” horror movies. With that said, I feel the many parts of the non-children's film industry has lost its sense of taste, and…

With the election of Henry Bolton, Ukip might now survive

Well, it was a bit of a shock wasn't it? Henry Bolton becoming UKIP leader, beating a rag-tag share of extremists and establishment party figures. Arguably the not-so-implicit endorsement of Nigel Farage was what clinched the deal, but looking into the man, he was also the most qualified of the candidates by a long way. Sure, he didn't have the rabid rhetoric (and supporters) of Anne-Marie Waters or the establishment support of Peter Whittle, but he had credibility. He didn't need to prove himself to the world, having worked…

UKIP must be Radical: This Does Not Mean Stupid

To be utterly honest, UKIPs campaign was dreadful. As several who are still in the party have suggested on public forums, UKIP's reliance on an ill-thought through policy that clumsily attacked the Islamic communities in the UK, just seemed crude and discriminatory. UKIP's integration agenda was easily depicted as a shift to the far-right in a desperate attempt to remain relevant. Unlike many on the NEC and other members, I was not enthused by this new policy, and left the party soon after it was announced. Now UKIP is…

Bias in the media: A legitimate criticism?

Debate is great stuff, it can often lead us to a better understanding of other people's perspectives, and also heighten our understanding of our own thoughts and perspectives. One of the most common accusations that is thrown against people on both sides of the political spectrum is an accusation of bias. I shall be discussing in this article my thoughts on this odd complaint as an English student, who has to grip with many people I disagree with, as you might imagine. So I'll cover the good uses of the…