FAITH IN CULTURE
articles on the challenges and opportunities for faith in modern culture



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Piercing The Gloom

Piercing The Gloom

We need fiction to inspire as well as repel. The lack of such highlights a palpable cultural pessimism right now.

The call of a BBC drama chief in August 2017 for fewer ‘dark’ shows and more uplifting stories in TV fiction made brief headlines, presumably because of the source. Piers Wenger has a point. It is challenging to find any drama outside of a Sunday night which is light and inspirational. The mood is decidedly downbeat. Light is uncool. Why so?

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Box Set Binge

Box Set Binge

A deeper, richer, more intuitive understanding of human life is emerging in culture and it is a gift for sharing faith.

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Slow Cinema

Slow Cinema

When did you last see a movie that reduced your pulse to the rhythm of creation? How about this for a film pitch: A bus driver dreams up poetry during his

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The New Wild West

The New Wild West

A strange alliance of capitalists and anarchists is resisting change to the place we are most at risk
The biggest cyber attack yet was launched in ...

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Bearing Witness To The Night

Bearing Witness To The Night

Stopping pernicious lies about last century may be a defining challenge of this one.. An historical event is most at risk of being denied

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The Voice

The Voice

One strange, absorbing puppet film speaks more poignantly about life than any human performance could achiever

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If You Read Just One Book This Year....

If You Read Just One Book This Year....

make it ‘The Cyber Effect’ by Dr Mary Aiken .In a year
In a year when we learned to expect the unexpected,

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Most Viewed August 2017

A Grief Unobseved

A Grief Unobseved

A Grief Unobseved
The invisible community of the bereaved possesses truths about life we need to hear. How odd, and perhaps significant, that theirs are the very voices we tend to block out.

Some time ago I heard a media report on how we are going to live much longer, with the number of people over ninety years of age set to quadruple by 2050. Shortly after, I listened to another item about unhealthy lifestyles and how more people can expect to die younger through heart disease. Could they both be true? Possibly. One phenomenon is the number of older people (themselves the beneficiaries of healthy diets and good health care) who outlive their children (because we haven’t beaten cancer or heart disease). The blessings of living longer may be mixed.
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Popular Reads

Tell Me Lies

TELL ME LIES
Rumours often make people miserable and yet we persist in passing them on. Understanding their structure and power is vital if we are to limit their capacity for damage.
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How To Tie A Knot

HOW TO TIE A KNOT value training for our jobs yet learning about private relationships is considered an optional extra we can safely ignore. Why so?
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The Empty Chair At The festive Table

THE EMPTY CHAIR AT THE FESTIVE TABLE
Sometimes the more privileged among us should walk through the dark shadows of life frequented by others and not shirk this Christian duty just because we are able to.
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How Not To Be A Control Freak

Weaving the advice of others into something

Smug Media
Smug Media

What are the values we should hold to in tackling today's big policy question?

The Call In The Middle Of The Night
The Call In The Middle Of The Night

Have we become so protective of personal autonomy in following Christ that we no longer submit to external discipline?

Day Seven
Day Seven

When God calls us to rest, he shows us what he can do while we sit back
You shall carry out an audit. If one commandment were to be added to the ten by our generation,