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Welcome to our SEARCH home page – and a quick rundown of what we at this Church of Ireland Journal aim to provide: a good mix of church and faith-related articles to stimulate discussion and fresh thinking in Ireland and beyond.We aim to ensure that our articles are as concise as the subject matter allows, attractively presented and accessible to non-specialists.. No dumbing-down here, but no space for “waffle” either!  And jargon is banned, because SEARCH is for everybody.

As well as inviting articles from key figures in Ireland and around the world, as editor I welcome unsolicited submissions also.  These can cover current issues in Church and society, reflections on faith and mission, biblical directives and challenges, historical and cultural themes, personal testimonies – and a few other things you might suggest. Contributors will not necessarily be Anglicans, or even Christians, but if Anglican we hope they will reflect the full breadth of our tradition.

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Latest Issue

Autumn 2018

Autumn 2018

THE ATONEMENT has long been a contested area in Christian doctrine – if only because the Church has never decreed any single teaching on exactly HOW Christ’s work of salvation is to be understood. But the way we understand it has important implications for the way we think of God and for how that affects our spirituality, our emotions and our personal behaviour. In this issue Andrew Campbell and Rob Clements present a dialogue exploring recent ideas of ‘nonviolent atonement’ which, while it seeks to correct ideas of a vengeful God, may risk accepting a world indifferent to injustice. Still confronting atonement issues, mindful of 1918 and the first Armistice Day, Peter Rutherford follows with a reflection on the ‘false picture of God’ which chaplains such as Woodbine Willie (Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy) found had alienated soldiers from Christian faith, and which he passionately denounced in his poetry.