Category: Identity

How to find meaning in a material world

Andy Moore explores this deeply human quest through the lens of Christianity. Despite the great feast of things we could do, we rarely think about what we should do. Many forms of ‘freedom from’ have been won, but we have lost sight of what we want freedom for.

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Is your relationship with God just a psychological crutch?

Has anyone ever told you that your faith is a ‘crutch?’ I remember getting into a cab outside a central London church. The cabbie took one look at my Bible and launched into his opinion of Christianity. He explained to me that belief in God is a crutch for weak, pathetic people who don’t have the strength to take responsibility for their own lives. When I answered, “Thank you very much”, with just a hint of irony, he blustered on with, “Well, I’m just saying it for your own good. A girl like you doesn’t need religion!”

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If Christians are supposed to love everyone, why do they hate homosexuals?

It sometimes seems that you can never get away from the whole issue of sex in Britain. Our newspapers are full of the lurid details of celebrity affairs and the church is presented as “bigoted” and “out of date” whenever it seeks to uphold Jesus’ teaching on sexual morality. How do we even begin to tackle these questions when we are coming at the issue of homosexuality from such different perspectives? For so many of our friends personal identity is defined by what I do sexually.

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