Is faith just 'the opium of the masses' or a crutch for the weak? Is it just a self-help method to make you feel a bit better about your miserable life? It won't surprise you to find that I think there's more to it than that.
Why do we have an almost perverse fascination with catastrophe? We love hearing about disasters and replaying them over and over. Once we get to know the detail, we are hooked. But does anyone know the full story of our lives, their every detail?
I'm sick of hearing about our screwed up world and the horrible things people do in it. But more than that, I'm sick of my inability to admit how much of the problem I am myself. We label society as 'sick', but what is society and its behaviour if not a collection of us individuals and the choices we make?
When Matt Damon won an Oscar at 27 years of age he experienced a moment of insight that changed his life, saving him from wasting years pursuing something relatively meaningless. We all need to get perspective like this. The question is, how?
For many Londoners, the default assumption around Christianity is that it's intolerant and outdated. To follow Christianity (or any religious worldview) would limit your freedom and consequently your happiness. So, why exactly is Christianity so oppressive? And why do so many people follow it if it is?
If we learnt anything from classic films such as American Pie and The 40-year-old Virgin, it was this: the pinnacle of human experience is to have sex. Therefore, a life without it must be the absolute WORST. I respectfully disagree. Life without sex ain't all that bad. Get yourself a cup of tea, have a sit down and read about my adventures in celibacy.
In our ‘post-truth’ world, attitudes towards established grand narratives have changed. Old assumptions are being challenged, but not always for the right reasons. We explore why 40% of adults in the UK believe that Jesus was not a real, historical person.
Somehow we have come to attach the idea of ‘freedom’, and particularly freedom of thought, to atheism. Religious people are shackled to ideas that exert power of them, almost as though they are helpless victims. But the atheist is free… Well, sort of. But no.
Have you ever been so focused on one thing that you completely miss something else, even if it's right in front of you? Well, you're not the only one. In this article Georgie explores the significance of our preoccupations, and why we have to look beyond them to what we might be missing.
As someone who has moved many times over my lifetime so far, I have often struggled with the concept of home. Is home where you live or where you come from? Is it your childhood or your culture? Is it your family or your significant other? Many of us feel homesick for a place we’ve never even been and we ask: can home even be a place anymore? And how do we find a lasting home?
This world is dying, literally and humans are causing some of the most damage. We know that unless we address population growth, nothing we do will ever be enough to stay the inevitable desperate lack of resources that is on its way. And yet at the same time we fervently pour millions of pounds worth of research into life-prolonging technologies and treatments. Why?
Most of us spend our lives searching for happiness, but all the ideas are either hard to do or fleeting in their success. Is there any way to find complete, lasting contentment or should we just give up the struggle?
Many people are asking, Has science buried God? The standard assumption in our city is that religion is merely speculation whereas science is based on hard facts. So we’re left wondering, does Christianity have anything to add in this scientific age?
Among my friends and colleagues, most assume there is little or no evidence for the Christian faith. Coming from a Jewish/atheist family background, I spent time investigating the evidence whilst I was at school and university. However improbable, I came to the conclusion that Jesus was no mere man. What was the evidence that convinced me?
Statistics tell us that 1 in every 15 people have made a suicide attempt at some point in their life. It’s probably more. And behind every number is someone’s reality. Someone who faces a complex, unique and personal struggle that leaves them feeling so hopeless that suicide appears to be the only answer. I’m no expert, but I did experience the devastating consequences when my partner committed suicide. It almost destroyed me, too. But I found a way out...
Despite being the dominant faith in the Western world for many centuries, there are some very widespread and deep set misunderstandings about Christianity. Here are fourteen things you probably did not realise.
I haven’t told my boss yet, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I gave up doing overtime for Lent. Shortly before Lent began, I admitted I was seriously addicted to an every-waking-hour, productive concoction of achievement and efficiency. Here is what I learnt from giving it up.
2012 saw the birth of Fourth Wave Feminism, a renewed engrossment with the rights of women, particularly in opposition to sexual harassment and violence. This increase in awareness and interest around equal rights and opportunities has had many positive effects, and benefits society in numerous ways. In a society in which gender is not a constraint, we are far better able to maximise the skills and assets of individuals. But is it all good news?