James Paul Lusk

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The Jesus Candidate: Political religion in a secular age.

'Thoughtful and challenging' - Evangelicals Now

'Welcome and timely' - National Secular Society

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The Religious Right argues that the state must share a common religion - therefore a pluralistic society is necessarily locked in 'cultural war' for religious truth. This drives the Briitsh Religious Right organisations to generate legal 'cases' alleging state persecution of the faithful.
Click here for my recent (July 2019) review of the work of Joe Boot (and his reply). As head of public theology for Christian Concern, Joe is a key thinker on the UK religious right.

 

UK Housing crisis - the truth!

The truth is that we do not have a shortage of housing and building new homes will not fix the housing market. Read more here in 'Beyond welfare housing'.

I was born in Hertfordshire, UK, in 1947. My father was a post office clerk in Wembley, and had been a Signals private in the war. My mother came to England in 1939 as a Jewish refuguee from Hamburg, Germany, first working as a domestic servant in London Jewish households, then joining the ATS (the women's branch of the British Army). Her parents and most of her wider family died in the Holocaust. My father became an Immigration Officer and we lived in Harwich, Hull and Dover. From Dover Grammar School I gained a scholarship to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford, where I was awarded the university Gibbs prize in Politics in 1968. After spells working in Africa in development, education and journalism for the United Nations, the Sudan Government and a news agency, I returned to the UK and worked developing housing co-operatives in inner city Liverpool, working there through the Toxteth Riots and the Militant Tendency's control of the city council. During this time I was baptised as a Christian believer, married Kay and became the father of two children - one now a scientist in Switzerland, the other a social worker in London. After 11 years' working for a housing association, I set up a consultancy, Partners in Change, providing support and training on housing and a range of neighbourhood initiatives, with expertise in the governance of community organisations and participative strategies for social and economic regeneration. I gained a MPhil degree for a study of the Liverpool housing co-operative movement, and did some university teaching.

We now live in Kent, and belong to Emmanuel, an independent church in Canterbury. We are serve international students with Friends International and are Lifeskills coaches with Christians against Poverty.

I belong to the Anabaptist Network, and have a longstanding interest in how the sixteenth century Anabaptist ('rebaptiser') movement laid the foundation for modern liberalism through its insistence on a church free of state control. I see Roger Williams, the Puritan founder of the Rhode Island democracy, as a key linking figure in this transition. My latest publications explore this influence.

As a member of the Lindley Players I sometimes act in the wonderful Whitstable Playhouse, appearing as Old Gobbo in Merchant of Venice (2017). In January 2020 I'm in the ever-popular Whitstable Panto.

I am a member of Tortoise Media and of its panel looking at ideas to rewrite the UK constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact me: email paul(AT)lusk.org.uk or phone (+44) (0)7977 517334

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