Identity politics and perceived racism

Identity politics and perceived racism are combining into an explosive mix. Racism does not exist because there is only one human race.  This is one example of the poor use of language in our poorly educated society.  Rather, the issue is different ethnicities and how much emphasis one puts upon these. Kenhinde Andrews, the author …

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Hebrew or Aramaic?

Bible commentators and academics are in the habit of describing the native language spoken by Jesus and His contemporaries as Aramaic or Syro-Chaldaic.  Those who wish to show their academic credentials will do the same.  This is servile copying of academia. The New Testament repeatedly calls it Hebrew Lk 23:38, Jn 5:2, Jn 19:13,17,20, Act …

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Global, please, not Universal

Universal Credit and the universal flood – really?  The universe was not flooded, and Universal Credit is not even global.  It is a social security benefit in the United Kingdom which, having rolled together and replaced six other benefits, has been called 'universal'.  However, the UK is not the Universe. Many people commonly and wrongly …

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Should a public service accommodate belief?

Current UK law forces Christians to promote unchristian material contrary to their beliefs, but Virgin Trains has decided to stop selling the Daily Mail newspaper because it is not compatible with the Virgin Trains brand and its beliefs.  However, BBC Newsnight described it as 'a culture war'. What about Christian beliefs and the Christian brand?  …

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Your Christian identity

Are you a Jewish Christian or a Christian Jew or both? Are you a Friend of Israel, a Conservative Friend of Israel or a Christian Friend of Israel? The International Development Secretary Priti Patel was formally reprimanded by Prime Minister Theresa May for a series of meetings with Israeli officials while there on holiday. These …

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Revisiting the 1967 Abortion Act

The 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act made the BBC revisit the debate about abortion in The Moral Maze.  Confusion, obfuscation and biblical illiteracy are still the order of the day. The debate proceeded along the usual lines to little effect, so it is worth recording here a list of the topics which are …

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Academic exegesis

Academic exegesis is that form of interpretation which copies academics or authority figures.  The Lord Jesus Christ cut through this in His teaching. Academic exegesis is seen in the translation of several biblical passages.  Bible versions are the product of teams of academic translators pooling their collective knowledge to produce a final decision on the …

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