19th March 2015
#BoycottOnlineAnger: Elton John and Dolce & Gabbana
Elton John has been sharply critical of recent comments about family life made by fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. The musician's campaign to boycott the clothing label has since generated a media storm. The whole affair is an example of a worrying new phenomenon of digital puritanism, says Tim Byron SJ. What would St Ignatius have to say about the vitriol that has been on display this week?
12th March 2015
The Flat White Economy
The Flat White Economy has captured important truths about our economy and our society. It is clearly based not on some abstract theorising but on the application of a powerful mind to what is actually going on in the world.
26th February 2015
78% of the British Muslims questioned in a ComRes poll for the BBC said that they felt deeply offended by the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammed. The debates that have raged since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices about the provocative cartoons published by that magazine are nothing new, says Patrick Riordan SJ. In fact, they have their roots in Paris itself, and in the writings of St Thomas Aquinas.
17th February 2015
Sorrow not sorry: Learning from Dresden
Archbishop Justin Welby has been denounced for an ‘apology for [the] defeat of Hitler’. What did he actually say and why is it worrying that the erroneous interpretation of his speech came from an MP?
9th February 2015
The Future of Christians in the Middle East: A view from the Holy Land
Christians in the Middle East must be ‘a voice for justice, peace, pardon, reconciliation and selfless love’, writes David Neuhaus SJ from Jerusalem. The fear that dominates the experience of many Christian communities can only be overcome by understanding, dialogue and faith, he says, all of which are necessary to maintain the Christian presence in the Middle East.
21st January 2015
On Rock or Sand? Firm foundations for Britain’s future
Ten Christians have contributed serious and substantial essays on the state of the nation to a new collection edited by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. We should be grateful for this powerful demonstration of how reason can serve faith.
4th December 2014
Reflections on South Africa after Mandela
One year after the death of Nelson Mandela, Al Gini and Raymond Perrier offered a brief assessment of the extent to which Mandela’s legacy is discernible in South Africa.
24th November 2014
Relative Violence: on power and the place of women
Earlier this year, Oscar Pistorious received a five year jail sentence for culpable homicide. The short length of this sentence, and that he can apply for parole after serving ten months in jail, has led to much outrage. But much of this outrage, and almost all of the coverage of the trial, missed the central point that a woman was killed by her partner. Julie Stacey refocuses our attention on the levels of violence against women in South Africa, the factors that perpetuate it, and what can be done in the future.
13th November 2014
Should religion be part of education?
On 18 November, Mount Street Jesuit Centre and the Diocese of Westminster present the next Faith Matters Question Time event, which will address the question: ‘Should religion be part of education?’ Sandra McNally of the University of Surrey and Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, who will sit on the discussion panel, outlines the social, political and educational climate in which this question is so pertinent, and introduces some of the issues that may arise in the debate.
10th October 2014
The Pistorius trial: Observers or participants?
Oscar Pistorius was convicted in September 2014 of culpable homicide over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013. The verdict came at the end of a long trial, the whole of which was broadcast live on television and debated extensively on social media. South African Jesuit, Fr Russell Pollitt, discusses the impact of the media coverage on public opinion and on the trial itself.
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