Extremism in education – or why people in glass houses should not throw stones

Here’s an interesting little news report

https://news.sky.com/story/amp/ofsted-religious-belief-being-used-to-actively-pervert-young-minds-11231681 Continue reading

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Choose your friends and allies carefully (on the Jordan Peterson – Cathy Newman interview)

Jordan Peterson is getting a lot of loving at the moment, particularly from people who would identify as socially conservative and this means that a few evangelicals have picked up on him.

The reason for the attention is an interview he did with Cathy Newman from Channel 4.  Newman was the interviewer who took down Tim Farron during the General Election campaign with the question “Is Gay Sex sin?” She was also involved in investigating John Smyth and his links to Iwerne camps. This means that Newman has got history and a lot of people probably want to see her bettered. Continue reading

Tim Farron, that question again and worldviews

Remember during the General Election when Tim Farron (at the time the Liberal Democrat’s leader) was asked whether he thought gay sex was a sin or not? Well, you probably have noticed that he has been asked about it again, this time by Premier Radio. He now says that he regrets not sticking to his guns on what is and isn’t sin.   Continue reading

Toby Young, Eugenics and Genetic Screening

Whilst we’ve been talking about other things on faithroots.net, one of the big UK controversies has been about a guy called Toby Young who was appointed to the new Office For Students, provoked an outcry, was defended by some senior politicians, tried to stay in post before eventually giving in to the twitter storm and resigning. Continue reading

Politicians, Power, sex and scandal (2 Samuel and the current crisis)

We’re about to teach through a section of 2 Samuel that includes

–          The humiliation of David’s ambassadors by foreign ruler

–          David’s affair with Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah

–          David’s son Amnon raping his half-sister Tamar

–          Absalom’s coup and public taking of his father’s concubines to have sex with

A common theme throughout this story of men exercising their power through sex, controlling and harming others for their own satisfaction.  They do that with the knowledge and implicit support of others who use this knowledge for their own gain.[1]

This series has been planned for a long time, so God’s timing is perfect. Here we are with sex scandals in Hollywood and Westminster, with men standing accused of using power to exercise control over others, tales of harassment and sexual violence whilst people in the know kept their mouths shut.  Particularly in Westminster, the suspicion is that party whips, journalists and rival politicians may be tempted when scandal comes to their attention to stay silent and use the knowledge for their own advantage. Continue reading

What if … imagining a just and fair society

So, I’d better start with a big disclaimer. The thoughts below are my own personal musings and have not been run past anyone else. They are therefore not necessarily the views of Bearwood Chapel. However, as I mentioned in my last article, one of the ways in which we can work for justice is to try to imagine and describe what a just and fair society might look like. Continue reading