Guest blog: Vashti was a Queen…

Chris Anthony is a journalist and doctoral researcher within the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at the University of Birmingham.  He blogs at This blog post was first published on that site and is here reproduced by kind permission of the author. Guest blogs are invited to stimulate

Guest Blog: Silenced Women

Jen Ford is a Trowbridge-based artist passionate about social justice, wife of a Baptist Minister, eco warrior, nature lover, feminist and a full time mum. Follow her on Guest blogs are invited to stimulate thought and comment. They do not necessarily reflect the view of the Centre for the

Guest blog: Tsunami of a Faith Crisis

Natalie Collins is gender justice specialist and a speaker and trainer on issues of male violence against women and wider gender injustice. She trains individuals and organizations to respond to male violence against women through her consultancy, Spark, and The DAY Programme. Learn more about her work at Guest

Paying Attention to How We Read

Edgar Allen Poe once, famously, wrote that ‘the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.’ These words hint at the dark side of his character, a man who wrote disturbingly sinister novels, and married his 13 year-old cousin. Unfortunately, as the sales of

A sadomasochistic and megalomaniacal God? Response to Richard Dawkins, chapter 7 of The God Delusion

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion p.31. One

Introducing Ourselves

Bad theology can make people kill each other. In fact, bad theology – and bad biblical interpretation – can cause people to do all sorts of appalling actions in the name of God. Here are some examples I have seen in the past year: On 2nd April, Chuck Baldwin, a