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nucleus: summer 2007

Editorial

'Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him' (1 Jn 2:15). This harsh warning makes sense when we realise that Christians need to be distinctive. For Jesus instructs us to 'let your light shine...

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Can you be Christian... and Cosmopolitan?

When CMF student members received Cosmopolitan as well as the summer issue of Nucleus, reactions were mixed: surprise, confusion, amusement. Of those I spoke to, the girls were mildly amused while the boys were taken aback: two of them assumed it had been sent by friends as a joke. But...

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Thinking through... pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

To be quite honest, I began looking at this topic of the genetic testing of embryos in a biased way. I hoped to find a way in which these amazing developments in biotechnology could fit in with my Christian faith. I previously heard Christians saying that pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)...

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News Review

abortion - 40 years on The 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act will be on 27 October. Campaigners on both sides of the debate are lobbying for change and although there are dangers of further liberalisation, it is also perhaps the best opportunity for tightening up the law in...

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Engaging with society

'Ah, Sovereign Lord', I said, 'I do not know how to speak; I am only a child'.[1] There must have been a mistake. This young, sensitive and introspective priest was surely destined for a quiet life, leading and nurturing the religious believers in Judah. Could he really be 'a prophet...

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The God delusion and the human illusion

Richard Dawkins (Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University) is best known for championing evolutionary theory in his books, The Selfish Gene [1] and The Blind Watchmaker.[2] However, his focus has gradually turned to a critique of religious faith, with titles such as A Devil's Chaplain.[3] In 2006,...

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Selling yourself?

Humility is, as we know, a major Christian virtue. But how does it fit in with the modern world of career planning and personal development plans? There has always been competition for training posts in the popular specialties, but this appears to have become more intense with the introduction of...

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Summer in Samara

How did I come to be in Russia? This is a question which often pops into my head. If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I would go to Russia (a country which I believed had little to offer me), that I would have the most...

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How to read the Bible for all its worth

If you are anything like me, the book of Psalms will not be unfamiliar territory. It contains some of the really well known and loved Bible passages. Yet there is something very different about the book of Psalms, which means they can be misunderstood and then misapplied. The name...

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Fearfully and wonderfully made: bones

Hard skeletal bones are made to maintain the shape of the human skeleton. Their strength is designed to free us for movement and not restrict. This chapter compares bone structure to the rules set down in the Ten Commandments. With a fresh and inspiring interpretation, Yancey suggests we read the...

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The Dawkins Delusion (Book Review)

The eagerly anticipated rebuff to The God Delusion has arrived! Alister McGrath started as a naturalistic sceptic and is now an Oxford theology professor. Having a PhD in molecular biophysics, he genuinely admires Dawkins' intellect and communicative ability. But what does he make of his book? McGrath laments Dawkins' poor...

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Shining Like Stars (Book Review)

For those of us who cringe at the thought of mission, this book inspires and challenges us to exchange our fears for a true passion for mission. It draws on biblical principles and real life stories on our campuses and across the globe. The author, Lindsay Brown (former general secretary...

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