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



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Surburban Noir, Sovie Style

Surburban Noir, Soviet Style

When it received its first screening, TV’s The West Wing passed under the radar in ways it is hard to imagine now, finishing its run after midnight on Channel 4, to little popular acclaim. Has The Americans gone the same way, ending in the early hours on a minority digital channel? It had a small but loyal following and received great critical acclaim, but no-one really talked about it, among the big beast box sets of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

 

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Soul Erosion

Soul Erosion

Most of the ways in which we provide guidance, training and support for discipleship is predicated on

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The Failings Of The Gifted

The Failings Of The Gifted

Is it OK to like the good art of bad people?
The uncovering of sexual abuse and harassment by the #metoo campaign raises probing questions.

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Closing Down Debate

Closing Down Debate

When we cannot tolerate the existence of views we do not share, we tend not to befriend those who hold them.

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The Goal Is Soul

The Goal Is Soul

The objectives we set ourselves often confuse rather than empower. The point is to give our life away, with all its targets, so we can receive it back in spades.

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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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The Church And Safe Spaces

The Church And Safe Spaces

The Church And Safe Spaces
One of life’s ironies is how hard it is to have a debate about safe spaces without everything degenerating into a slanging match. The idea of the safe space is not easily uncoupled from no platforming and thus seen as a restriction on free speech, but it has a different origin and meaning. 

The concept developed in 1960s United States, where disenfranchised groups created public and private spaces in which to share experiences of isolation and prejudice. Places free from harassment and intimidation are essential in helping people think issues through, but safe spaces are increasingly seen as environments that close down debates which might upset any present. Reclaiming the original notion of the safe space as a commitment to opening up free speech, rather than shutting it down, would help.
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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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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,

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