Bread and circuses

At the bottom end of the socio-economic scale, what is happening in Britain today is what my generation thought would never happen. We had the welfare state. Anyway we were too civilised to allow it. How wrong we were. Read more...

The definition of marriage

I was caught out. On Thursday I was giving a talk on homosexuality to a church deanery readers’ group. What was unacceptable, to those who disapproved, was the decision to change the definition of marriage. Gays and lesbians can do what they like, as long as they do not call it marriage. Read more...

Does the Church still need parishes?

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In the latest YouGov survey by Linda Woodhead for the Westminster Faith Debates, 83% of Anglican clergy want to retain the parish system. Why? Read more...

Assisted dying and medical technology

Because we think of new technologies as good things in their own right we do not apply sufficient care to how and when to use them. Too often there is a default assumption that if a technology is available it should be used. If it were not so, we should be debating not ‘assisted dying’ but ‘hindered dying’. Read more...

The philosophy behind science

The dangers of exaggerating the scope and value of science Read more...

Assisted dying and the spookiness of death

How our reluctance to talk about death hinders the debate about assisted dying Read more...

The Chancellor versus the charities

On George Osborne's speech criticising charities. He is right to think their aims oppose his. Read more...

Assisted dying and the sanctity of life

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Assisted dying: why is it so difficult to know what to do? Is part of the problem our uncertainties about the sanctity of life? Read more...