The Holy Political Podcast
A semi-serious, semi-informed podcast about the good, bad and bizarre ways Christians mix their faith and politics, and political issues affecting Christians. Mainly accurate, somewhat entertaining, hopefully helpful.
info_outline Persecuted Christians: what should the UK Govt do to help? 12/21/2018
Persecuted Christians: what should the UK Govt do to help? Happy Christmas!
info_outline Prof James KA Smith's talk to Christians in Parliament 12/09/2018
Prof James KA Smith's talk to Christians in Parliament This week we're delighted to play you the talk Prof James KA Smith gave to MPs and Peers at Christians in Parliament's event, looking at how Christians should engage in politics between Jesus' ascension and return.
info_outline Ben Ryan on Michael Gove's Theos Lecture, 'Christianism', and Brexit 11/25/2018
Ben Ryan on Michael Gove's Theos Lecture, 'Christianism', and Brexit Ben Ryan, Head of Research at the think-tank Theos (which focuses on religion and the public square) joins us to talk about the Theos Annual Lecture, given last week by Michael Gove, and about 'Christianism' and how populist parties across Europe may be co-opting the language and symbols of Christianity.
info_outline Philippa Taylor (CMF) on support and law around abortion 10/28/2018
Philippa Taylor (CMF) on support and law around abortion This week the wonderful Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship, joins James to talk about the abortion - both the law, barriers to the support available for women, and the actions by the UK Government to increase the numbers of abortion in the developing world.
info_outline Prostitution, China and the Catholic Church, and Ashers Bakery 10/14/2018
Prostitution, China and the Catholic Church, and Ashers Bakery We’ve got LOADS of big things to talk about this week:
info_outline Christians in immigration, the workplace, and the Labour Party Conference 09/30/2018
Christians in immigration, the workplace, and the Labour Party Conference This week we're joined by a plethora of fantastic guests!
info_outline From the Archives 3/3: Tim Farron - David Alton and Nick Spencer 09/10/2018
From the Archives 3/3: Tim Farron - David Alton and Nick Spencer We're back soon, but in the run up to the new term we're playing you three of our favourite interviews from the archives.
info_outline Review of the Year 07/29/2018
Review of the Year Sam Hailes, Editor of Christianity Magazine, steps in this week for Johnny (who is off ill), and Sam and James look back at the year gone since the election - including the election, Brexit, and the role of Christianity in a changing Britain. Enjoy!
info_outline Brexit's Coming Home - or is it? 07/15/2018
Brexit's Coming Home - or is it? Johnny's away this week, so James is joined by a Brexiteer and a Remainer to talk about Theresa May's new position on Britain's exit from the EU. David Scullion (Deputy Editor at Brexit Central) steps up to co-host, and Ben Ryan, from Theos, chats to James about how the referendum itself left the Prime Minister's hands tied. Enjoy!
info_outline National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - and killer robots 07/01/2018
National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - and killer robots This week we look back at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast - Parliament's biggest annual Christian event - with the guy that made it happen: James Lee, from Christians in Parliament. And we listen to some of Tim Keller's talk at the Prayer Breakfast.
info_outline Njoki Mahiaini - Being Christian in the public square today 06/03/2018
Njoki Mahiaini - Being Christian in the public square today This week the fantastic Njoki Mahiaini steps in for James and chats about Christians in the media and public square, from her experience working in the UK Parliament, the BBC, Brussels and the Jubilee Centre. It's fascinating and really helpful!
info_outline Richard Chapman - Church of England 05/20/2018
Richard Chapman - Church of England Richard Chapman, Head of Parliamentary Affairs at the Church of England, joins us to talk about the work of the Bishops in the House of Lords - how do they fit in, what do they do, and what have they been campaigning on?
info_outline Alfie Evans: Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship 05/06/2018
Alfie Evans: Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship Dr Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship and formerly a general surgeon, speaks to us about the tragic and difficult case of Alfie Evans, which dominated world news last week, as well as a couple of other historic medical cases in the courts at the moment. Read Peter's blog on Alfie Evans here.
info_outline Louise Davies - Christians on the Left 04/21/2018
Louise Davies - Christians on the Left This week James is away, so Jenn McKelvin, Acting Executive Director of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, co-hosts, and we chat to the fantastic Louise Davies, the new Director of Christians on the Left.
info_outline David Barclay - the Good Faith Partnership 04/08/2018
David Barclay - the Good Faith Partnership With Parliament away on its Easter holidays, we chat to David Barclay, from the Good Faith Partnership, about their work to connect leaders from the worlds of politics, business, faith and charity to better solve social and political problems, and to give a voice to those often ignored in Westminster. And he tells us about the excellent Buxton Leadership Programme.
info_outline Religious Freedom in the UK (Barnabas Fund report) 03/04/2018
Religious Freedom in the UK (Barnabas Fund report) This week we chat about the Barnabas Fund's big new report on religious freedom in the UK, and chat about issues of religious discrimination, free speech, the UK's history of religious freedom, and religious literacy.
info_outline Johannes de Jong - Syria and Brexit 02/18/2018
Johannes de Jong - Syria and Brexit This week we're joined by Johannes de Jong, Director of Sallux, a Christian political organisation working at a European level. He talks to us about the Turkish attacks on north west Syria, and the help that Christians there are asking for (https://goo.gl/hyhJCW).