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



This Month's Article

On Strangers

On Strangers

How well do we interpret the actions of those we do not know?
Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker’s highly influential polymath, has turned his attention away from tipping points and blinking to how we handle other people in his latest book Talking to Strangers (Penguin 2019).
We over-estimate our ability to read strangers, their feelings, motives and intentions. Though we have little knowledge of them, we tell ourselves and others that

 

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Why We Hate Hypocrisy But Probably Can't Do Without It

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The June 4th Incident

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The God Of Rwanda

The God Of Rwanda

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Because The Moon Is Made Of White Cheese

Because The Moon Is Made Of White Cheese

Because The Moon Is Made Of White Cheese
Countering Holocaust denial will be a rising moral challenge for us in the years ahead

Lecturers at the International School of Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem were explicit in their observation to a lecture theatre ten years ago. It is for Jewish people to decide whether continental Europe is a safe place for Jewish populations to live in. Blithe assumptions about their security in modern day Europe are not for others to make. And Europe still did not feel safe for many Jewish people.
It was difficult to make out what people thought of this, as an attendee myself. Europe at the time looked safe and the scourge of Nazism a long way in the past. But then the audience was not Jewish. And since 2009, there have been critical developments. The emerging global economic crisis was making many redundant and dispossessing them of their homes. Yet few were thinking about the way it would roll out in the longer term.
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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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