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#Unfiltered: Reflections on Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma”

The Social Dilemma is a new Netflix docudrama that has made many people sit up and take a long hard look at their phone. The programme shines a creative and unsettling light on ways social media is gripping and changing the world and the lives of its users. In this blog, I will be unpacking some of the key issues raised by The Social Dilemma, and reflecting on how we should respond to this increasingly virtual reality we live in…

#WOKE: Speaking for Christ in a World of Identity Politics

The last decade has seen “identity politics” totally transform the Western World. And in my experience, many Christians have been left bemused at how to respond to this new and changing world of hashtags, cancel culture, social justice warriors and intersectionality…

3 Ways Covid Has Changed Me As A Doctor

In early January, I was in my GP clinic, and a young patient in her 20s came in, whose only symptom was a weird loss of sense of smell. I had never come across this before, so, after discussion with my supervisor, I referred her to the Ears, Nose & Throat specialists. In retrospect, I am pretty sure that was my first covid patient…

Freedom of Speech and “Cancel Culture”

On Tuesday 7th July 2020, an open letter was published in Harper’s magazine that argued that because of so-called “cancel culture”, freedom of speech and the right to openly debate ideas, is under significant threat in Western society. The letter was co-signed by 150 prominent writers, journalists and academics, with the most famous name being Harry Potter-writer J. K. Rowling…

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Depression and Christianity

In the UK, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness, of which the most common mental disorder is mixed anxiety and depression. Between 8 and 12% of the population experience depression in any one year, and suicide remains the single most common cause of death in men under the age of 35…

Is There Evidence for Easter?

For most people in the UK, Easter means bank holidays, exam revision and buying overpriced chocolate for kids. For Christians, all those are probably true as well. But of course, Christians see Easter as a time to commemorate the most important event in the bible- the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in Israel, AD 33…

Can We Trust the Gospels?

The gospels are the first four books of the New Testament in the Bible, and claim to be the accounts of Jesus’ life on Earth. Matthew and John are said to have been written by two of Jesus’ disciples, and Mark and Luke are said to have been written by disciples of Peter and Paul respectively. So are the gospels credible accounts of history?