After a totally planned and not accidental break in August, my ‘top reads’ blog post returns for September. Here are ten things I think are well worth reading, for a variety of people, for a variety of reasons:
1. Tom Holland: Why I was wrong about Christianity – one of my favourite authors/historians/tweeters writes powerfully in The New Statesman.
2. “Transgenderism” isn’t a thing by Giacomo Sanfilipo – a very provocative-ly titled and powerful read on a crucial cultural and social issue.
3. ‘What Christians Should Think about the Shack‘ – a short piece calling for discernment around one of the most popular spiritual books of our time.
4. Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it – a longer piece, by Peter Harrison, which makes for interesting reading.
5. How is your church’s “on ramp”? – by my friend and Vineyard pastor/theologian Luke Geraty, this is an old but gold post. Have a read, have a chew, and think about it.
6. Laura Kuenssberg hiring a bodyguard was depressing. Then it got worse. Gaby Hinsliff writes for the Guardian about the nasty underbelly of party conferences.
7. Reformation Anniversary: How is the Reformation Still Relevant to Evangelicals Today? John Stevens, National Director of the FIEC, writes a helpful and firm but graceful post.
8. ‘Eddie Izzard: ‘Everything I do in life is trying to get my mother back’. A sobering and brilliant piece of writing in the Guardian. Well worth reading, and pondering the stories hidden behind people’s faces.
9. What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage? This interesting little article from The Australian Spectator is a sobering read for those of us in the UK.
10. Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) – Is the Amputation of Healthy Limbs Ethically Justified. This academic article is well outside of my specialisms, but is a fascinating examination of a growing phenomenon in human identity.