The ‘nones’ (those who when responding to surveys tick ‘none’ in the box marked ‘religion’ but who might possibly tick C of E if pressed) need look no further for a home.

Bishop David Jenkins, that prophet of our time, once was heard to declare that God was not interested in the Church. God was all about the Kingdom.

This is the last of a series of four reflections on progress. The first was about the ancient idea that a supreme god maintains the universe with a long-term design.

The second and third were about the ideas of progress most common today, and what happens to it when it becomes a self-contained objective independent of God.

This final reflection looks more closely at a God-based theory of progress.

There is a theological failure at the heart of the so-called ‘Nashville Statement’, issued this week by The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, whose tagline is 'A coalition for Biblical sexuality'.

The God in which Christians believe changed and changed everything when that God became incarnate. No longer was God ‘out there’, but is with us.

St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate is being taken over in what can only be described as an act of spoliation, which the dictionary defines as

‘the action of taking goods or property from somewhere by violent means’.

The eviction of its classical musicians, for whom it has become church in the fullest sense, reflects the kind of iconoclastic violence witnessed at the time of the English Reformation when monasteries were sacked, statues decapitated, frescoes and wall paintings obliterated.

This is the third in the series of four reflections on progress. The first was about the ancient idea that a supreme god maintains the universe with a long-term design. Progress is then about achieving the purposes for which we have been designed to live at our best. It is a positive claim.

The second was about the ideas of progress most common today, new technologies and economic growth. We ended up with some rather negative observations. New technologies and wealth can help in some ways, but when we treat them as what progress is all about, we make things worse for ourselves. 

This post pushes it a bit further.