Religion causes so many of humanity's greatest problems. Division. Intolerance. Conflict. And yet, religious people report higher levels of personal satisfaction and meaning. How can both be true? Is Christianity part of the problem or is it the solution?
Self-care, healthy eating, focusing on what an awesome human I am...I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the pointless activities I’m told to follow to counteract the joyless world we live in. We all feel it and the data shows it: unhappiness is on the increase in our society. So what on earth can we do about it?
Don’t tell anyone, but at one point on Sunday I had four people from different households in my kitchen at the same time. I’m finding this phase of lockdown the hardest, mostly because I don’t really understand what the rules are trying to achieve.
Posters aside, why did justifying ourselves matter so much? Yes, we wanted to shield in peace. But we could do that by keeping the doors shut. It was so much more than that. We needed to be seen to be in the right, by people we’d never met before, who liked shouting at us.
The world is on fire. Everything we thought we could rely on is going up in smoke. This is painful, but it is also an opportunity to start afresh. What would that take?
The death of George Floyd has sparked a global movement to end racism and injustice. But why do we feel this burning desire for justice, and how will it be achieved?
It looks like we may be in lockdown for a little while longer, with many of us itching for freedom again. But what really explains our current restlessness and eagerness to escape confinement?
Online church ‘attendance’ figures are soaring, Bible sales have increased by 55%, and Google searches for ‘prayer’ have skyrocketed. But God isn’t just a cosmic comfort-blanket; he wants to be the God of your whole life, not just your crisis.
Why the prevailing worldview of the West leaves individuals ill-prepared to respond to the deprivation and suffering that has accompanied this virus.