But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:00

There goes that pesky biological reality again

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Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Isaiah’s indictment of the corruption in his generation is an all too obvious summary of late modern western culture. The moves - ever...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:00

7 Days in Nepal

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It was a huge privilege to spend last week in Nepal. Some highlights and observations.

Kathmandu. Yes, by western standards the Nepali capital is poor, chaotic and dusty but it is also vibrant, colourful and exciting. It was actually refreshing to be in a context where things are not as regulated...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 05:04

Slavery and Surrogacy

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That there was a time when 85,000 Africans a year were taken against their will from their motherland to work the plantations of the Caribbean and America is appalling to us. That the human rights of those so transported were utterly ignored appals us. The hypocrisy of respectable, morally upright...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 15:00

Solidarity and Racial Injustice

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Mika Edmondson covers a remarkable amount of ground in two minutes here, and gives a great answer to the question: "How Can White Christians Stand in Solidarity with Minority Brothers and Sisters?" It's one of those videos where the less likely a person is to watch it, the more they probably need...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 15:00

Human Tragedy or Divine Comedy?

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I just read Glen Scrivener's marvellous little book Divine Comedy, which is the kind of book you can read in an hour, but will have you thinking for a year, or even a decade. Glen's central question is delightfully simple: is life a tragedy, or a comedy? Is it shaped like a frown, like a...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 15:00

Origen on the "Greater Works"

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I've been reading Origen's Against Celsus recently, and finding it a fascinating text when it comes to miracles, spiritual gifts and signs & wonders. I had already come across a number of places where Origen refers to the ongoing presence of miracles in his day (around 250), but I didn't know...

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Ugly modern edifices notwithstanding, the streets of London are absolutely drenched with history. You could probably take a tour of the same streets with a different theme every week. But one I can guarantee will be both fascinating and inspiring is the City of London Christian Heritage walk, led...

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The provocative brilliance of Camille Paglia's Free Women Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism begins with its title. What does it mean? Is the word "free" a verb or an adjective? Is the title a call to action (liberate women! liberate men!), or a statement about reality (liberated women tend to...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 15:00

The Problem With Critical Studies

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Here’s a great piece from Joseph Heath on the problem with “critical” studies. It is easy to mock critical theory as faddish, already outdated, departmentally bubble-wrapped and intellectually stagnant, but Heath does a good job exposing its frequent...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 15:00

Praying for London: Five Highlights

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Yesterday a group of us gathered at Westminster Chapel to pray for London. There’s nothing unusual about that, you would hope. But what made yesterday special is that it was a group of a hundred men and women from across the Newfrontiers family, all working in London, and all working together...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:00

12 Rules for Jordan Peterson

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Everyone has a response of some sort to Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life (try here, here or here, for starters), so here's mine. Twelve rules for Jordan Peterson:

1. Write more books. Your analysis is sharp and your prose readable, in some places beautiful (the Coda in particular). Your stances...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 13:29

On Surviving Your Darkest Hour

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I thought this was going to be a post about flawed heroes. In the past few weeks I've seen the musical Hamilton - about the stratospheric rise and catastrophic fall of American founding father Alexander Hamilton - and the film Darkest Hour - about Churchill's leadership of the UK in May 1940. Both...

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 01:56

12 Rules: The Review

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Jordan B. Peterson has been much in the news. His courageous stand against the totalitarianism inherent in Bill C-16 (google it if you don't know what I'm talking about) suddenly made him a public figure and then with that interview everyone was talking about him. Peterson did that interview while...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:00

Which God Don't You Believe In?

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When someone says they don't believe in God, it is often a good idea to find out which God they don't believe in. Frequently you will find that it is not the God you believe in either. Here's a humorous take on that phenomenon from Dorothy Sayers' pamphlet, The Dogma is the Drama:

I have come to the...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 14:47

Normal Sex, Cat Person and Possible Futures

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Christians can easily give in to a doomed fatalism when observing the flow of our culture. We live, after all, in a day of dystopias. A day of Black Mirror, not Thomas More. And while the world around us fears a technological apocalypse, characterised by genetic aberrations and robot overlords, our...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 15:00

Small Town, Big Mission

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Writing in The Times last week Lisa Nandy and Ian Warren highlight the challenges facing small towns in the UK. There is, they say, a "widening gulf" between towns and cities. The cause of this is shifting demographics,

Cities continue to be magnets for young people looking for education and work,...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:00

Jordan Peterson and the Crisis in Masculinity

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Here's an intriguing Channel 4 News interview with Jordan Peterson on the crisis in masculinity, the gender pay gap, campus protests and postmodernism, based on his new book. It's a proper debate with two smart, thoughtful people on an important subject. (There's a great moment at around 22...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:00

Inequality, Privilege, and the Upper Middle Class

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Inequality is one of the most entrenched, persistent and socially divisive problems in the modern West. Yet most of us misdiagnose the problem. We imagine that the issue lies with those much better off than us—the 1%, the super-rich, or whatever we call them—rather than with people like...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:00

2017 in Film

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Both of the fans of my film columns on Think Theology may have noticed that I didn’t write much for the website in 2017. Life took over a little bit. I got more film writing for film outlets, which unfortunately left less time to write for Think. Major life events ended up taking precedence...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:00

Secularism, Traditionalism, and Individualism

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Here’s a very insightful comment on the shape of American (and, I suspect, British) religion in the twenty-first century, from Ross Douthat in the New York Times. Riffing off the possibility of an Oprah presidency, Douthat argues that there are not just two approaches to faith in the...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:18

Peterson, Driscoll & the Millennial Man

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I was thinking about Mark Driscoll yesterday: not a common occurence. The thought was prompted by listening to Jordan B. Peterson’s lecture on the Call of Abraham. Peterson was talking – as he often does – about how dramatically life can improve for ourselves and others if we...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 15:00

2018: A Theological Look Ahead

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I’ve made a habit of starting each year with a theological look ahead: a few headings under which I can summarise the things I’m hoping to do (or not do) in the months to come. Usually, of course, the most significant theological issue of the year is not something you can anticipate in...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 15:00

Swearing, Murder and Sex

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Culture is meant to change slowly. ‘Culture’ is a way of seeing and being that goes largely unspoken and unobserved because it is normal, and societies tend to notice only what is counter-normal. This has been true in most places for most of history but the convulsions in western...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 15:00

Why I Won't Be Doing Dry January

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I was searching for a quote and came across it in a post I'd written back in 2011. As January is such a dreary month I thought it worth reposting, if only as a reminder to myself to choose to be merry. Here it is...

“He loves you less who together with you loves something which he does not...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:08

The Rise of Reformed Charismatics

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Reformed Charismatics are on the rise in the US, argues Brett McCracken in this month's Christianity Today. It's a hugely encouraging read, and features all sorts of movements and people that will be familiar to regular readers: Newfrontiers, Advance, Acts 29, Terry Virgo, Matt Chandler, Josh...

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