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Author Stephen Holmes

Donald Trump made a number of hate-filled and inaccurate comments about Muslims, and proposed some extreme policies on the back of those comments. This came to our attention in the United Kingdom because one of the things he claimed, entirely erroneously, was that parts of London were so radicalized that they had become no-go areas […] Read More

Some moments of real intellectual breakthrough come when I find myself thinking something that surprises me. I am forced to analyze the surprising idea to work out why I was thinking it. Whether the concept turns out to be right, wrong or complicated, I understand better my own instincts and assumptions as a result. One […] Read More

My 7-year-old daughter is presently obsessed – like, watching every episode three times on BBC’s iPlayer obsessed – by a Children’s BBC show called “The Next Step.” I have grown somewhat used to children’s TV over the past 14 years; most of what the BBC, in particular, broadcasts is of some worth. Some of it […] Read More

My family spent two weeks at Le Pas Opton (LPO), a Christian holiday camp in France. We were there because I was speaking one week; I don’t suppose we would have thought to book an explicitly Christian holiday otherwise. A few days before we went, I found myself in London with a meeting canceled. So […] Read More

Some forms of moral reasoning in “Laudato Si” are unsurprising. A sketch of the efficiency of recycling in the food chain is deployed as a natural law argument against wasteful human living in section 22; the climate (section 23) and creation (section 156-7) are defined as “common goods;” and the dignity of all human beings […] Read More

I like good oratory and I teach public speaking regularly. I locate great examples from various professions and watch the best of them over and over, making notes on why they work. I review videos almost frame by frame with classes and seminars, pointing out this hand movement, that inflection, the use of eyes, the […] Read More

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released in 2009 by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds as medical advice suggested that he was dying of cancer. He had previously been convicted in 2001 of involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103. The transatlantic reaction was striking: most commentators were horrified and appalled by the release, […] Read More

Baptists did away with various traditional distinctions of Christian life in their beginnings. Although practicing ordination, we denied it established any set-apart hierarchy within the life of the church. We also rejected the traditional Roman Catholic practice of recognizing a particular consecration of certain people, clerical or lay, to “religious life” characterized by poverty, chastity […] Read More

My friend, Ruth Valerio, has a typically thoughtful and well-written blog post up about the need for adaptive theologies in the face of our changing climate, to which she drew my attention when we were talking about something else. (If you don’t follow Ruth’s blog, you should; she offers intelligent and important comment, and also […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the third column in a three-part series. Read part one here and part two here. Easter 1997, and I was at an academic conference on the theme “The Communication of God.” A Jewish philosopher was speaking to us about the promise of online communication; he was passionate and committed and fairly […] Read More