Long term readers of this blog will be aware that I am a fiction writer, but in recent years I have also been developing my non-fiction. I am delighted to announce that Darton Longmann and Todd have just published ‘Reclaiming the Common Good’ an essay collection that I have collated and edited.
The collection was one of the keynote books at last week’s Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival. It explores what part Christians can play in building a better future of hope, peace, equality and justice.
After decades of political consensus, we are entering a time in which everything about the way we live today, and about how our society and communities are structured, is up for discussion. Many people are feeling empowered to ask:
What kind of world do we want to live in? One that works for a few, or one that works for the common good?
What part can Christians play in building a future of hope, peace, equality and justice?
Reclaiming the Common Good is a collection of essays which consider these themes. Beginning with an explanation of the history and meaning of the term ‘common good’, it explores how the sense of working for this ideal has been lost. Focussing, biblically, on issues such as welfare, austerity, migration, environment, peace and justice, it provides a compellingly fresh and insightful analysis on the state of the UK and the world today, and offers a realistic vision of how it could be better. This vision is rooted in the idea of a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem, as suggested in the book of Revelation.
I have two essays in the collection, the others by a wonderful group of writers: contributors are: Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, John Moffatt SJ, Simon Barrow, Bernadette Meaden, Dr Simon Duffy, Rev. Vaughan Jones, Savitri Hensman , Ellen Teague, Edward P. Echlin, Henrietta Cullinan, Susan Clarkson and Rev. Dr Simon Woodman.
You can order it here.
We are holding a London launch of the book at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP on 20th September at 6.30pm. Tickets are free. All welcome. You can book via Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!