Even though every part of our lives is surrounded by comfort and technology; we have an exceptional level of personal freedom and liberty; and we have tastes and experiences our grandparents couldn't imagine, we are no happier. Why is that the case?
We’re three days into the New Year and it’s at least possible that for many, your resolutions have already faltered. Perhaps on Jan 1 you felt ‘fragile’ after a late night as your body purged whatever toxins you consumed the night before (even if it was just too many leftover mince pies). On Jan 2 you were too busy getting back into work to think about anything else. And now it’s Jan 3 and you’re not really sure what your resolutions were anyway.
Anxiety is definitely rising rapidly. And it is not hard to find explanations everywhere you look; changing lifestyles, stress-inducing technologies, fraying communities, and apocalyptic prophets. But, there is one great factor that is not often spoken about, but which seems to be present under all of our anxious feelings.
The story of the West over the past century has been a story of the fight for freedom. We have been part of an unstoppable campaign, with no obvious end in sight, and one single purpose: the freedom of the individual to create their own identity, live as they choose, and express that life to the full. Has this made us any happier?
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.
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.
We know that screens are stealing far too much of our time, increasing our anxiety, and making us worse communicators. But what should we be doing instead?
This question was asked during the Q&A at our recent Salt Live event: The Bible is homophobic, and we all agree that’s wrong. So, when it comes to things like homophobia, are Christians just choosing which parts of the Bible to accept and which to reject? Aren’t they cherry picking their morals?
Watching my dad fade away as the ravages of dementia take their toll has prompted the question: Where does the real you reside? As millions of us will suffer from dementia in the years to come, what does this mean in an age in which we preference the mind over the body?
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