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The church leadership should get beneath the issues of form and ritual, both traditional and modern, and communicate the essence of God’s Word in ways younger people can understand.”

Tony Craig, ‘Letters to the Editor’, The Times

The start of Advent, heralding the beginning of the Christian year, is as good a time as any to explore the case for logical Christianity. It was Richard Hooker (1554-1600) who first spoke of the three-legged stool of scripture, tradition and reason as forming the basis for Anglican understanding: but over recent decades, particularly since the introduction of the welfare state, the ‘tradition’ leg has assumed a disproportionately large size in contrast to the ‘reason’ leg, which has shrunk in public perception.

A couple of weeks ago, the Church Times reported ‘Public does not think much of CofE’; and there is indeed major concern in the Church about the benign indifference to which it referred. In a world where people are brought up to ask ‘why?’ at every opportunity, it's also important to ask this question of faith. A new film, ‘The Most Reluctant Convert’, is the story of how author C S Lewis tackled this question.

So please READ ON .. as we take an outline look at four aspects of logical Christianity – creation, morality, community, and spiritual existence - in the hope of fostering further thought over the Christmas period ahead.

 

We've published over 215 weekly commentaries covering a wide range of issues, and you can find links here to the full list over the past four years.

 

 

 

 

Omicron may have shaken the stock markets on Friday, but it was Thanksgiving in the US: and that’s where Motley Fool’s focus is. The Financial Outlook discusses Biden’s efforts to bring down the oil price: however, they paled into insignificance compared to the Omicron impact on Friday. As our commentary said last week, we’re not out of the woods yet. The Bigger Picture looks at Boris at the CBI and migration across the Channel, and This Is Money ranges across readers’ rights and your actual tax rate. Plus, there are two Modern Mindsets, The Hypnotist and our regular reviews of movies and gadgets.

 

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In partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced the audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.
The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Biden talking down the oil price & interest rates

Russ Mould looks at the shakeout in UK energy companies and casts his eye across the Atlantic where President Biden has been trying to talk down the oil price. Noting that price rises might have something to do with the $14 trillion pumped into the US economy since the pandemic began, he speculates on what will happen to the oil and gas price with new exploration so frowned up. He also looks at the second interest rate rise in New Zealand and, with 91 rises around the world so far this year, he wonders whether the Fed, BoE and ECB can continue to hold out.

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The Bigger Picture: Can Boris Johnson last, migrant deaths in the Channel & Article 16 – again
In the wake of a shambolic speech to the CBI, Mike Indian looks at the political future of Boris Johnson and asks if we are seeing the beginning of his end as PM. After the tragedy with a migrant boat in the English Channel, he suggests a possible solution. And he turns again to the Northern Ireland protocol and Article 16 and wonders whether, if there is a majority in favour in Northern Ireland, a united Ireland is a possible outcome.
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 This Is Money: How much tax do you really pay - and a year of Grace on the Case

What makes a good consumer story to take up the cudgel on and fight a reader’s corner – and why don’t companies and organisations just do the right thing? A year ago, This is Money started its ‘Grace on the Case’ column, where reporter Grace Gausden fights for reader’s rights and tries to solve their problems each week. Over those 12 months, roughly £381,000 worth of victories have been racked up – more than £1,000 a day.In this episode, Grace takes us behind the scenes of the column and talks about the cases she has tried to help with. She joins Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert to discuss the biggest issues that have emerged, and how things have played out when This is Money took on firms and organisations for readers. Also, do you know how much tax you pay? Most people only have the vaguest idea based on their headline rate, but what percentage or amount do you actually pay, and where are the sneaky glitches in the tax code that catch people out? Plus, the LitterLotto where you can win money by putting stuff in the bin, whether Black Friday is a con or a golden opportunity, and finally - would you swap items in your shopping or lifestyle to beat inflation?

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The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge

Food banks are providing a vital role to help people this winter, and the Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 throughout the United Kingdom. In this special episode of The Bigger Picture, their Chief Executive Emma Revie briefs supporters about their progress, and their plans for the future. If you would like to support the extraordinary work undertaken by this charity, please visit https://trusselltrust.org

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Motley Fool Money: Stocks for Thanksgiving and the Power of Habit

It's our Thanksgiving Special! Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Ron Gross and Jason Moser explain why they're thankful for The Trade Desk, Costco, Home Depot, and Lowe's. We discuss why investors might want to avoid Peloton, Zillow, and Avis Budget Group. And since no Thanksgiving is complete without dessert, we dig into a few slices of humble pie and talk Under Armour, Verizon, and Macy's. Ron and Jason share why the Energy Select Sector SPDR and Roblox are on their radar, as well as investing resources for anyone hoping to learn more about finance. Plus, we talk Procter & Gamble, Target, and toothpaste when we revisit our conversation with Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’.

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Gadgets & Gizmos: 50 years of the microchip, 1bn Uber trips & filtering out noise on Zoom calls
In his latest look at technology, Steve Caplin marks 50 years of the microchip. Uber is about to reach its 1 billionth trip in the UK, while Tesla's app locked owners out of their cars. There's an LED-lit zebra crossing, Adele putting an end to album-shuffling on Spotify, which has added lyrics to its songs, 8 million of them. There's crowd-funding for a gizmo that cancels out spurious noise when you're working at home and the Japanese are using discarded adult nappies to heat public baths.
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Business of Film: Ghostbusters Afterlife, King Richard, Tick Tick Boom & Bruised

James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, with ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’, directed by Jason Reitman, storming into the #1 slot with £4.3m. ‘King Richard’, with Will Smith in a possible Oscar-winning role, enters at #5 taking only £570,000. On Netflix, James much admires ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ with Andrew Garfield another possible Oscar nominee. He also looks at sports drama ‘Bruised’, starring and directed by Halle Berry.

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The Hypnotist: Hypnosis to Reconnect
We all have both good and bad memories: how often do you re-visit either? If you can focus on the former, it can lead to a sense of optimism and better decisions going forward. Adam Cox uses regression in this episode to help focus on those positive memories, so that they can act as conscious anchors on which to build better decisions for the future.
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Motley Fool Answers: Inflation Conflagration! Also, Bitcoin

Alison Southfield asks Robert Brokamp ten burning questions about inflation, including why it's so high, is it worse in the U.S., and what can be done about it — both nationally and in your portfolio. And Fool analyst Aaron Bush answers a listener question about choosing the new Bitcoin futures ETF over actual Bitcoin.

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Modern Mindset: James Roberts and Gemma Singer on mOm Incubators

Adam Cox is joined by James Roberts, founder and CEO of mOm Incubators, and Gemma Singer, Design Engineer at mOm Incubators, to discuss how their company aims to make incubators more accessible to parents of premature babies around the globe. James speaks about his own journey, and why he came up with the idea, and they also speak further about the future for mOm.

 

https://www.momincubators.com

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   The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why investing in shares needs a much higher profile on TV and Radio
Lord John Lee has become a champion for people investing in the stock market over recent years: he's written three books on investing, he's a patron of ShareSoc, the society for individual shareholders in the United Kingdom, and he's now challenging Government, broadcasters and regulators to encourage a much higher profile for investing in shares on TV and radio. Gavin Oldham meets with John to discuss the background to his initiative and his proposals for change; and they go on to consider how customer share ownership can be expanded, how to encourage more active participation in shareholder voting, and how to improve financial education.
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Modern Mindset:  Mathilde Mackowski on Intimacy over Christmas
  • Adam Cox is joined by Mathilde Mackowski, leading “sexpert” and co-founder of the Sinful Group, to discuss why UK couples are having less sex around Christmas and why this trend may continue post-pandemic. They look at why it is so important to take time for both ourselves and our partners, even during busy periods, and Mathilde provides some advice on some of the ways in which couples can remain sexually intimate over the festive period.
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: the unabridged Budget speech

If you missed Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his speech on 27 October, here's your chance to hear it. Plus, read our commentary on Monday 1 November for Share Radio's perspective, including our assessment of the contrast with the mid-70s, when public borrowing last hit stratospheric levels.

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The Bigger Picture: A World of Individual Opportunity - the Vision of Egalitarian Capitalism

Imagine a world in which everyone has a stake in the great tech firms that serve them each day, and where dividends are gradually replacing wages to provide regular income for everyone, as work becomes scarcer as a result of automation? Imagine a world where every young person not only has a small inheritance with which to start their adult life, but also the opportunity to build its value by learning life skills? Simon Rose is taking a well-earned break this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you a talk given Gavin Oldham in August to the leading City of London think-tank Z/Yen.

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Sharefound: Good News for 16-18 year-olds in Wales!

On 31 August '21 The Share Foundation hosted a virtual event for young people in Wales, to help them find money that the government put away in a Child Trust Fund for when they reached 18. All young people born in the UK from 1st September 2002 should have one of these accounts, but huge numbers don't know anything about them! With Welsh-speaking help from Jac, this audio podcast of the virtual event tells you all about your good fortune, and invites you to register at https://findCTF.sharefound.org so that Sharefound can help link you with your money. Please share! And if you want to join a virtual event yourself, please visit https://www.sharefound.org/ctf-virtual-events and register for your choice of date: they're taking place each fortnight.

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The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Getting work right for women

Women’s roles have been challenged with many women reporting feeling the pandemic has reversed decades of progress on equality. Women have worked more support hours than men and while women make up 47% of the UK’s workforce, they account for 52% of people furloughed and 54% of job losses, a report from the Women’s Budget Group found. This poses the question of whether women are deemed to be less valuable workers than men. However, there have also been positive outcomes as a result of the pandemic – a greater awareness of others and their need for symbiosis between life and work, a realisation that flexibility is possible and dare I say it... more efficient.

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 Economist Questions: A ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ Workplace: Tricky Balancing Act?
Research into workplace productivity and management practice is often focused on the links between ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ practices. ‘Good’ covers employee-friendly policies; for instance, those providing opportunities for better Work Life Balance. In contrast, ‘Efficient’ practice includes the use of KPIs, setting clear performance expectations and tackling underperformance where it is identified. In this episode Peter Urwin and Professor Richard Saundry discuss this, drawing on their own understanding as researchers and experiences as line managers. The operational reality is that managers hold a position between the interests of their organisation and those who work for them – how do they balance the (often competing) need to create both efficient and good workplaces?
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VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.

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Superinvestors

In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

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The Share Foundation

How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.

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