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?
Are you anxious about what the future holds and the rate at which technology, especially Artificial Intelligence, is advancing? What happens when we’re no longer the most intelligent beings on the planet?
How can we look at the same world, the same problems, the same events and come to such totally different conclusions about them? Are we even seeing the same thing? And how can we ever resolve our disagreements?
According to a survey published by The Guardian, 66% of us have given up our New Year’s resolutions by the end of January. Well, here we are with the first month of 2018 drawing to a dreary close, and I ask you: are any of your resolutions still standing?
Over the past few years, the transgender phenomenon has exploded into the public consciousness. Most have rapidly adjusted their understanding of gender. But a significant minority remain opposed to this redefinition. As a Christian, I'm sometimes asked, how would Jesus respond...
Tinder. Happn. Bumble. Apps have taken over, and accelerated the fastest ever change in the world of dating. Join us for an enjoyable and informative evening as we consider what is happening to love in this present age.
Honestly, could you go a day, even an afternoon, without your phone? Is whatever you're reading this on is taking control of your life? If you hesitated answering either of those questions, this one is for you!
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it? It has become fashionable to moan about the forced jollity and consumerism of Christmas, but isn't that just as much a capitulation to the marketers' dreams? What if Christmas, perhaps...means a little bit more?