Welcome to p.s., an email and web discussion forum from Contemporary Christianity.

We issue p.s. every every month. In line with our aims, it seeks to "provide informed, credible and practical comment and analysis, rooted in biblical reflection and theological thought" on contemporary matters of broad public concern in Ireland.

We are aiming to engage Christian minds with issues in the public square, to inject new perspectives and provoke discussion.

Please note that the statements and views expressed in this articles are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Contemporary Christianity.

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Wolves and lambs stories

Each Sunday Renata Hughes sings in the choir in First Armagh. She is 83 years old. On the surface Renata appears as the typical Presbyterian choir member. However Renata grew up in Germany before the second world war. She was a member of Hitler Youth. Her father served as a doctor in the German army.  It is difficult to imagine the loyal church choir member in a uniform attending indoctrinating mass rallies in the Olympic stadium in Berlin. The last funeral I conducted was that of Jack Parks. He grew up in Markethill, Co Armagh. During the second world war Jack joined the RAF Bomber command. He was a rear gunner, surviving 37 daylight sorties over France, Holland and Germany. Continue reading

Are Evangelical Men Ready for Reconciliation?

October’s re-launch of For God and His Glory Alone reminded us of the key role that evangelicals have played in promoting reconciliation on this island. But only a few short years ago, when I surveyed faith leaders (clergy, pastors, and ministers of various religions) and laity on the island of Ireland, I found that amongst all expressions of Christianity, evangelical men were the least likely to have a ‘high’ view of reconciliation. Continue reading

All storied out: an appeal for greater diversity in our use of metaphors

I recently attended the Catherwood lecture hosted by Contemporary Christianity and with around 130  others enjoyed and benefitted from David Porter’s beautifully crafted address. Alongside the mainstream, my mind was drawn to a back eddy of musing on the number of times the word ‘story’ was used and how this seems to have become a preferred metaphor in Christian circles. Continue reading

Faith in the Future …

According to a BBC news report two Japanese government ministers and dozens of lawmakers recently visited the Yasukuni shrine on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. The shrine is a testimony to Japan's past militarism under a 'divine emperor' including the colonisation of the Korean peninsula and the invasion of China. It commemorates Japan's war dead but also honours 14 convicted war criminals from World War II. Today its history museum continues to peddle a version of World War II history that either ignores or denies the crimes committed by Japan in Korea and China. Visits to the shrine by lawmakers anger and offend Japan's neighbours.    Continue reading

Where have all the young men gone

Note: This post originally appeared on www.eamonmallie.com and is reproduced with the author's permission Many in the educated liberal classes view the Armed Forces with ambivalence. They are necessary for national security but war is evil and its consequences monstrous. For working class Loyalists there is no such ambiguity; the Armed forces, that is to say the British Armed Forces, are held in the highest esteem, men and women of courage and conviction who are prepared to lay their lives on the line for our safety and freedom. Indeed Loyalist families are particularly proud of their young people, predominantly young men, who are serving or have seen active service. Continue reading

“Care home concerns …”

This headline about a supported living scheme for people with learning disability and challenging behaviour in a local newspaper recently drew my attention. Apparently a resident's clothes were ripped causing injury to his/her neck and an inspection found that residents had little personal space. Having been involved both as a provider and occasionally an inspector of similar service facilities for adolescents who sometimes present with challenging behaviour I felt sympathy both for residents and for those who look after them. Continue reading