Thinking about Coates on hope

The more I studied, the more I was confronted by heroic people whose struggles were not successful in their own time, or at all. To the extent that they were successful, black politics was a necessary precondition, but never enough to foment change. It became impossible, for instance, to think about emancipation without the threat […]

confusing concepts

‘And supposing the God whom those Japanese believed in was not the God of Christian teaching…’ Fereira murmured… ‘What the Japanese of that time believed in was not our God. it was their own gods. For a long time we failed to realise this and firmly believed that they had beocme Christians… I am saying […]

Have a very blessed election

Having been pretty rude on twitter last night about David Cameron’s Easter Message to Christians, I though it would be fair to have a look at what some other politicians are saying about faith, including Miliband, Clegg, and Gove. They’re not all about Easter – some are more straightforwardly faith-and-politics-y. I will happily take a […]

the rules of playing fair

I’m in the middle of reading Miroslav Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace. This is him writing about the response of the older brother to the younger brother’s return in the Prodigal Son. He’s been talking about how the older brother is concerned with the fact that the father’s welcome of the younger brother is ‘not fair’ to the older, because […]