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'.

Anabaptist history

Reappraising the English Anabaptists in the time of the Revolution: Article 50 of the 1646 confession in Anabaptism Today 1.2 October 2019 pp 15-25

Faith and politics

The Jesus Candidate: Political religion in a secular age (London, Ekklesia, 2017)

Housing - policy and politics

For Richer, For Richer: Chapter 8 in Foxes have holes: Christian reflections on Britain’s housing Need edited by Andrew Francis (London, Ekklesia: 2016). The original version of this is available as Beyond Welfare Housing

Magic Numbers: Housebuilding isn’t what we need, Inside Housing, 11 Oct 2013

Tenants’ choice and tenant management: who owns and who controls social housing. Chapter 3 in Housing, Community and Conflict ed. Cooper and Hawtin (Aldershot, Arena: 1997)

Book Reviews in Evangelicals Now

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Issue date

Author and title reviewed  

January 2020

Robert Louis Wilken: Liberty in the things of God - the Christian origins of religious freedom

December 2019

Mostyn Roberts: Subversive Puritan - Roger Williams and Liberty of Conscience

July 2019

Joseph Boot: Mission of God and other titles

April 2018

Andrea Hatcher, Political and religious identities of British Evangelicals

February 2018

Lydia Bean: The politics of evangelical identity - Local churches and partisan divides in the USA and Canada 

April 2012

D. G. Hart, from Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the betrayal of American conservatism

June 2008

Stephen McQuoid, The quest for true tolerance: searching for a tolerance that does not make society sick
Angus Morrison (ed.), Tolerance and Truth: the spirit of the age or the spirit of God?

September 2007

Stephen Cook (ed) Tales of Two cities: Christianity and Politics
Jonathan Bartley: Faith and politics after Christendom: the church as a movement for anarchy
Alan Storkey, Jesus and Politics: confronting the powers

November 2004

Howard Taylor, Human Rights, its culture and moral confusions

August 2003

Christopher Catherwood, Whose side is God on? Nationalism and Christianity

January 2003

Jim Wallis, Faith Works

August 1996

Will Hutton, The State we’re in

Other Articles





12 December 2017

Why Tim Farron's wrong: There are shared values and they matter


12 October 2017

The religious right supports council prayers – until they’re Islamic

Evangelicals Now

August 1998

In defence of pluralism






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


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