“O Tempora! O Mores Evangelici!” 12. The power of the Imago Dei & the Imago Dei in power

Last summer, I was a contributor at Oak Hill Theological College's annual School of Theology day. It was a real privilege to be involved and it pushed me to work hard on an angle I'd not previously given much thought…

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“O Tempora! O Mores Evangelici!” 10. A milestone and a decision

Something Hugh said at that meeting in Sheffield has been etched on my memory every since. I'd only been in ordained ministry perhaps 2 or 3 years and we were having our normal post-Summer catchup and planning session. We would habitually begin with a short devotional, but that day, Hugh was in reflective mood. Only a few weeks before, he’d celebrated his 50th birthday, and now he openly described how affecting that milestone had been. If memory serves, it was on the lines of “I now realize that I have more years of formal ministry behind me than ahead of me." 

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“O Tempora! O Mores Evangelici!” 9. Believing the propaganda

You will know of Godwin's law, I'm sure, whereby the longer an internet discussion countinues, "the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." So, I'm afraid, the time has come. One of the most gripping if chilling works of history that I've read is one that I find myself returning to a lot these days, despite the fact that it is well over 10 years since I first encountered it (in early research for Wilderness of Mirrors). Sir Ian Kershaw has spent a lifetime researching 20th Century German history and has brought all kinds of profound insights to the anglophone world (including through his mammoth two-volume biography of Hitler).

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