SCM's blog

Bored by Outrage?

Are you bored by outrage? Is it sustainable to be angry about everything? Is it okay not to care? 

Is There Hope In The Current Political Climate?

Our current political climate is dark. The government’s lack of urgency around the climate emergency has left many people fearful for the future.

The Courage to Be: Against Guilt

Well done, you’ve made it. This is the third and final piece in my series of articles about Paul Tillich’s “The Courage to Be”. We’ve looked at the anxieties of death and meaninglessness, and now we’ll look at the anxiety of guilt. I’d like to think the subject matter got cheerier as I went through Tillich’s types of anxiety, but I would be kidding myself. What Tillich writes about is existential, radical, and somewhat uncomfortable to think about. Participating in God knowing that you will die one day? Believing in God whilst knowing that life is meaningless?

No Faith in War: Reflections from the Arms Fair

Jack, a student at the University of York, reflects on finding God's presence during his time at the Stop DSEI protests in September.

Bonhoeffer: The Man Behind the Hero

Was Bonhoeffer a hero of the faith or a misguided man? Could he be both? Dan explores the life and work of Bonhoeffer from a more nuanced perspective.

The Courage to Be: Against Meaninglessness

Nathan explores the next big anxiety in Tillich's 'The Courage To Be', the "anxiety of emptiness and meaninglessness". Check out part one, The Courage to Be: Against Death. 

If Not For That: A Freshers' Reflection

Do you ever look back and wish you could have a do-over? Josh reflects on his freshers' week with a tinge of regret, but ultimately realises that he wouldn't be where he is today if his first year of uni had looked any different.

The Courage to Be: Against Death

"Paul Tillich’s “The Courage to Be” is arguably one of the most important theological books to be published in the 20th Century, particularly in the field of non-classical theology. It’s also quite hard to read." In this new blog series by Nathan Olsen he explains what Tillich was going on about, why it should be important to us, and how we can apply it to our current political, social and spiritual situation. 

Moving Away From Fire and Brimstone

When I was a teenager, I remember walking through Birmingham city centre and passing two groups of religious evangelists. One group were shouting at passersby, talking about hellfire and brimstone. The other group were engaging people who approached them in conversation. 

Guess which ones were Christian? 

The What? and How? of Evangelism

“Are you saved?” the street preacher asked, looking suspiciously at my glittery nails. After I said yes, we both looked at each other in awkward silence: he couldn’t believe the glitter-man was a Christian, and I couldn’t believe people still do the whole turn-or-burn on the streets. Whilst the whole encounter left me a bit uncomfortable, I think the reason evangelism is considered a taboo subject in certain circles is simply a matter of method (how) and content (what), rather than reluctance to commit to the great commission.