The recent launch of the atheist churches proved a bit of a phenomenon, but have just as quickly been experiencing a lingering and slow death. What is the cause for this? The surprising answer is that Christian churches had tried this same experiment – religion without God – and failed for the same reasons.
Ever thought religion was just after your money? Closed-minded, full of hypocrites, tribal and sexist? Well, you might find you have more in common with the man who started the world's largest religion than you'd expect.
It seems the general view today is that human rights are a collection of socially-created values, which we have agreed are inviolable and universal to everyone. However, it becomes problematic when we argue that on one hand human rights are inherent, and on the other hand admit that they are rules that we have created ourselves. If we can make up our own moral code, why can’t someone else and what do we do when the two clash?
My generation spend 3 hours a day on our phones. We are isolated and stressed. We don't feel like we have any friends. Millennials had it bad, Gen Z have it worse, so what next? Do we accept the fact that we’re all slightly screwed, and destined to be lonely forever?
Why do we hate being bored so much? Why do we always try to fill the silence? In our productivity culture, resting is out of fashion, but perhaps our constant need to be entertained tells us something deeper about ourselves?
From climate change and Brexit to the fear of being seen in public without makeup, there is much to be fearful about in the world today. Even the vast improvements in almost every area of global health, wealth and education do little to make us more hopeful. Is there anything that can help?
Why is it so deeply frustrating when we don't get something we feel we deserve, and less so when we get a good thing that we certainly don't? Is the idea that we could have it all hindering our hope of happiness?
The discussion over abortion is often full of rancour, in which neither side is really listening to the other. This tends to only result in more deeply entrenched views. Here are ten distinct and genuine questions for pro-choice people that will (at the least) give an insight into the way pro-life people think on this issue.
It is only when we live without touch that we realise how fundamental it is to our existence. In a culture with endless rules governing our physical interactions, how can we reclaim the innocence of touch again?
We like to think we’re so sophisticated these days – we’re enlightened, broad-minded people who don’t burn witches at the stake any more. Yet if anyone breaks our strict, constantly evolving moral code can they ever find a way back?
Our national political dialogue has become increasingly toxic. And our social media feeds are full of online abuse. On last week’s Question Time, Rory Stewart recently argued we need more love in politics. Is this just political cliché, or is this the hope for our divided nation?
Our university campuses and social media feeds are increasingly full of accusations of injustice. From Germaine Greer to Peter Tatchell, Richard Dawkins to Brian Cox, no one is safe from contemporary society’s obsession with victimhood. So many of us are asking, how can we find peace in a world where everyone feels like a victim?
Is my desire to be romantically pursued problematic? For years, popular culture fed us the story that finding Mr Right would make us happy, now they’re telling me that self-love is all I need. I’m not so sure either will do the job.
I knew working in a controversial field was going to force me to encounter regular confrontation, but being catapulted into the heart of the vitriolic tribalism of our age hit me like a ton of bricks. So why is it so difficult to disagree well with other people these days?
Every hero we have – past and present – seems to have some kind of flaw that causes them to be diminished in our eyes. Why do we continue to believe the best about people, even when we know they are hiding stuff? And what worldview helps give an account for the failings in them, and in us?
Having downloaded Strava, I felt compelled to always try to run as fast and far as I could. Simply because it was measured. But I soon found that – in life, not just in running – what I measured controlled me...
As heroes go, Jesus was something of a failure - he didn't wipe out the baddies, he didn't liberate his people, by the end of his short life he didn't even have more than a handful of followers. And yet, 20 centuries later his is the biggest religion in the world. So did he fail or not?
It’s been called the New Drug. An insidious addiction that’s caught on to the wonders of technological advancement much more quickly than we can cope with: porn. It is becoming ever more acceptable, yet the data is only just emerging of the damage it causes individuals, relationships and wider society. So why do we continually crave something beyond what reality can give us?
Christianity appears to promote an outdated and narrow-minded moral code, which limits personal autonomy and sexual expression. Join us for a thought-provoking evening as we seek to understand whether this characterisation is true and why Christianity seems to jar with progressive instincts about life.
Cancer affects everyone I know to some degree, yet death is somehow still a taboo topic. The vague hope of something better after death collides with a prevalent material worldview which says our consciousness is biological and temporary. Here’s the story of how my own encounter with cancer and death helped me come to terms with life.
It’s been nearly a year since I received a bombshell of a rejection letter that obliterated the future career I had taken for granted, and took with it, as collateral damage, something that had bound itself to my identity. It shook me to the core, and knocked me off my feet. Nothing has changed in my circumstances so how come I now feel more secure than I did before?