Embracing Pluralism – or a Christian Agenda?

Jonathan Chaplin is the Director of the Kirkby Laing Centre for Christian Ethics in Cambridge and a specialist in Christian political thought. He was the second speaker at the excellent 'The Church in the Public Square?' event put on by PCI and Union Theological College. Here are some notes on his lecture: 1. The complex … Continue reading Embracing Pluralism – or a Christian Agenda?

The Church in the Public Square?

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Union Theological College put on this excellent event in Belfast today (30th January 2014). I am going to blog about it in a few parts.  Over 270 people turned up for this event, showing a real appetite for good thinking on this topic. There were quite a number of government … Continue reading The Church in the Public Square?

What is the public square and who cares?

When I went off to do my legal studies, I came across a prevailing narrative or worldview and I felt that my Christian story ran in parallel or was perhaps diverging away from the world’s story. What was clear was that they weren’t going to overlap. The choice seemed to be abandoning my faith or … Continue reading What is the public square and who cares?

Do politicians have a ‘preferential option’ for pensioners?

David Cameron has announced the first plank of the next general election manifesto and it only affects about 18% of the population – pensioners. He has committed the Conservatives to the ‘triple lock’ to protect the basic state pension. As almost a quarter of the population can’t vote because they are under 18, pensioners make … Continue reading Do politicians have a ‘preferential option’ for pensioners?