Losing the Truth again

It doesn't take a lot of research to discover that some subtle shifts are taking place in our society with regard to Truth. Having lived through the moral and political interregnum of postmodernism during the past twenty years, it appears that there is an increasing appetite for certainty, for verifiable facts, for bedrock ideas on…

Varied Apostasy

Proclaiming honest doubt and articulating unbelief are not as new as we may think they are. One of the notes being struck at present on Christian social media is that it might be one thing for a prominent exvangelical to privately dispose of their faith in Christ, but quite another to publish the fact. Josh…

Neither male nor female?

Overreach and unintended consequence are dangers that all of us face, risks that all of us run. When the Apostle Paul instructed Titus about the elders who should minister on the island of Crete, the self-control he urged was one of moderation, of knowing how to avoid extremes. That virtue should be the aspiration of…

Preaching to the Extinction Rebellion

Our world is shuddering awake to the alarm bell of climate change, to the potential for an uninhabitable earth, to the prospect of mass climate migration, and to the heartache and hardship that awaits the human race in the next century. This is no lightly held opinion, but deep and dogmatic belief which has science…

The wrong side of history?

Every generation mints its own currency of catchphrases, its own peculiar ways of thinking about and describing its world. A prominent meme in all forms of media at the moment is that of being on 'the right side of history' or 'the wrong side of history'. From issues of identity and sexuality, British and American…

Review: After Life by Ricky Gervais

The creative output of comedian, writer, director and actor Ricky Gervais is always worthy of some consideration. His past successes with The Office and Extras were due in no small part to his ability to see the everyday banalities of modern life, the petty significance of people's experiences, and to render them with starkness and…

Is it still ok?

When postmodernism was at the height of its powers many of us feared that a loss of meaning would lead to a loss of morality. We were wrong. Instead of morality entering terminal decline, the loss of absolutes has led to its simultaneous intensification and misdirection. Morality or, more properly, moralism, is enjoying a major…

The Best A Man Can Be?

It seems that in our present cultural moment many, if not most, things are filtered by ‘left’ and right’, and then hotly contested on those grounds. These categories can transcend other potential allegiances and differences such as ethnicity, social class, and creed, so that many people are operating on binary assumptions in terms of what…