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ISSUE 11

THE GREAT DISTRACTION OF OUR TIME
Thinking deeply in the digital age

THE IRON CAGE
Our culture’s obsession with work and the urgency of recovering the Sabbath

ARE EUROPEANS MAKING THEMSELVES STATELESS?
Bleak future awaits indigenous ethnic groups in their home countries

SPOTLIGHT ON…
SWEDEN: At the centre of secular Scandanavia

TV & FILM  |  The Church of the future

BOOKS  |  Luc Ferry’s ‘A Brief History of Thought’

MUSIC  |  One of the great musical failures of our time

ISSUE 10

THE HERESY OF RACIAL SUPREMACY
The worrying rise of white nationalism

BY DESIGN OR BY DEFAULT
Our culture’s passion for human rights

LONGING TO BELONG
The church’s struggle to embrace people with disability

SPOTLIGHT ON…
The Netherlands: Pluralism and tolerance

ART  |  The art of inclusion

BOOKS  |  Claire Fox’s ‘I Find That Offensive’

FILM  |  A winter of unlikely heroes

MUSIC  |  The Netherlands Bach Society’s ambitious project

ISSUE 09

AN UNFORTUNATE SEQUEL
The worrying shift in Al Gore’s climate change crusade

THE STRANGE DEATH OF EUROPE
The rejection of Europe’s Christian heritage

‘THE GREATEST CRIME’
The BMA has betrayed its own ethics in voting to decriminalise abortion

A MORAL DILEMMA
The importance of understanding what gives human embryos moral status

 

ART  |  The extraordinary life of Pavel Florensky

BOOKS  |  Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent

FILM  |  The screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

MUSIC  |  The lost art of lament: Ryan Adams’ new album Prisoner

The Strange Death of Europe | Conversations 01

September 22, 2017

 David Robertson and Andy Bannister discuss Douglas Murray’s book, “The Strange Death of Europe.” Read more

SPOTLIGHT ON…GERMANY

September 11, 2017

Contemporary Germany may be the European leader, but the Berlin Wall still casts a long shadow over the country’s economic, political and spiritual landscape. BY GAVIN MATTHEWS “Germany’s neighbours have nothing to fear from its new-found strength. Berlin does not want to dominate Europe, but to exercise leadership … something… Read more

ISSUE 08

AN ENDURING TRUTH
Why the Reformation remains so culturally relevant

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS
Donald Trump’s foreign policy promises to be a wild and exciting ride

THE HOLE IN THE ARABIAN FENCE
The flourishing church in the UAE and its timely lesson for Europe

 

ART  |  Scars of the Reformation

BOOKS  |  Paul Beatty’s Man Booker Prize-winning The Sellout

MUSIC  |  An interview with opera star Jonathan Veira

FILM  |  How to recognise a good review

ISSUE 07

HARD-BALL POLITICS AND A RUTHLESS TURN TO THE RIGHT
What we can expect from a Donald Trump presidency

A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE
European evangelical leaders respond to the election of Trump

THE TEMPTATIONS OF POLITICAL POWER
Politics is work that requires especially pure people

THE TRANSGENDER TSUNAMI
Making sense of gender confusion

WHAT KIND OF WORLD IS A WORLD WITHOUT DOWN’S?
Any society that wants to survive must care for the vulnerable

 

ART  |  Art and austerity a dangerous combination

BOOKS  |  Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia

MUSIC  |  An interview with Masaaki Suzuki

FILM  |  Matters of mystics and magic

ISSUE 06

THE MODERN CRISIS OF IDENTITY
Confronting the rise of radical individualism

WAKE-UP CALL FOR EUROPE
The impact of Brexit and the future of the European Project

A WATERSHED IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
If the US presidential election is a moment of testing for democracy,
it is also a crucial moment for Christian witness

 

ART  |  Art exposing a hidden history

TECHNOLOGY  |  Pokémon Go opens doors to eternal reality

BOOKS  |  Suzanne O’Sullivan’s It’s All in Your Head

MUSIC  |  An evening in concert with Eric Bibb

FILM  |  Ben Hur: time to throw in the toga

  Whether it’s the arts, politics or culture, this precious magazine weighs in with a Christian perspective. They are ‘keeper’ magazines. Not the kind you read once, throw away and wait for the next issue.  They are the kind that have articles you dog-ear and save them forever.   

​Janet Parshall

    @parshalltalk

In the Market with Janet Parshall, Moody Radio

 

ISSUE 05

THE GREAT BIOETHICS DEBATE
As age-old taboos are brushed aside will wiser counsel prevail?

THE FACTS AND FIGURES
European statistics on five key biomedical issues

THE RESISTABLE RISE OF THE NEW EUGENICS
The ethics of the editing of human genes in the creation of embryos

THE TRUTH ABOUT DYING
Is the debate about euthanasia more about a desire to control dying itself?

 

ART  |  The splendid isolation of Hieronymus Bosch

BOOKS  |  Ani Sarkissian’s The Varieties of Religious Repression

TECHNOLOGY  |  Putting the    back in truth.    

MUSIC  |  Uplifting power of music not unlike power of prayer

  The reason publications like the Solas Magazine exist is not to add weight to your bookshelf but to add weight to your conversations.   

Michael Ramsden

   @RamsdenMichael

International Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

 

ISSUE 04

EUROPE’S IDENTITY CRISIS
The Crescent, the Cross, and the collapse of a civilisation

IDIOT’S GUIDE TO ISLAM
An introductory guide to the Muslim faith

‘WE MUSLIMS NEED TO CHANGE’
A former extremist continues his campaign against radical Islam

AN INCOMPATIBLE GOD
Muslims and Christians don’t worship the same God

 

ART  |  Turner Prize winner redefining art

BOOKS  |  God’s Continent,  The Book That Made Your World,  All For Nothing

MUSIC  |  Harlem Street Singer

FILM  |  Spotlight – Sex abuse, shame, and self-examination

VIDEO GAMING  |  Papers, Please pits compassion against survival

ISSUE 03

CULTURAL VANDALISM
Removing religious education condemns our children to ignorance

SET EDUCATION FREE
Time to stand against atheist agenda and regain vision for education

A FRAMEWORK OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH
A right education is grounded in principles we ignore at our peril

PUTTING THE RIGHT VALUE ON LEARNING
Encouraging students to explore influence of Christian values on society

ATHEISM TO SALVATION
A Bible given to him at school turned a proud atheist’s world upside down

 

BOOKS  |  An interview with Alister McGrath about his new book, Inventing the Universe

FILM  |  War correspondent Michael Ware’s chilling documentary, Only the Dead, about the dark hear of the Middle East

MUSIC  |  The Monks of Norcia and their chart-topping album

ART  |  Venice Biennale swaps glitz for sackcloth and ashes

SET EDUCATION FREE

January 21, 2016

It’s time to stand against atheist agenda and regain the vision for education in Europe.  BY DAVID ROBERTSON    The former British prime minister, Tony Blair, once issued the mantra “education, education, education”. At least he recognised how important the subject is. In this he was echoing the priorities of John Knox who declared that where there was… Read more

Challenging the Dominant Narrative

January 11, 2016

Solas book editor GAVIN MATTHEWS talks to acclaimed Christian apologist ALISTER MCGRATH about his new book, Inventing the Universe. Tell us about Inventing the Universe. What is it about, why did you write it, and who is it for?   I wrote it because I wanted to explain the kind of journey I made from… Read more

RELIGION MAKES PEOPLE ANGRY

December 31, 2015

War correspondent Michael Ware talks to Solas reviewer MARK HADLEY about his new documentary that details his descent into the darkness that is al Qaeda and Islamic State.      RATING:  18+  RELEASE DATE: November/December 2015    He is as Australian as they come and during our interview I get a sense of the “down under”… Read more

CULTURAL VANDALISM

December 1, 2015

Removing religious education from schools condemns our children to ignorance about a key dimension of human life.  By JOHN DICKSON   IF a devout group of naysayers get their way there will come a time, soon, when there won’t be any  sympathetic religious instruction in our schools. It’s time for those… Read more

ISSUE 02

THE LONG SHADOW
The sexual revolution and the descent into darkness

SEX, LIES AND DECEPTION
Modern Europe’s unhealthy obsession

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LANDSCAPE IN EUROPE

PURITY IN AN AGE OF PORN
Pornography’s damaging effect on society and the church

AN INSIDIOUS TRADE
Inside the world of human trafficking

Q&A
An interview with Daniel McArthur, Ashers Bakery

 

ART  |  Van Gogh and God

BOOKS  |  Not a Choice, Not a Job;  Sentenced to Life;  Is There Anything Good About Men?

FILM  |  New take on Peter Pan story focuses on the rehabilitation of evil

MUSIC  |  The remarkable sound of Slovakian cellist Jozef Luptak

WHY WE NEED THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON

November 2, 2015

True knowledge arises from a deep contemplation of the wonders of creation. BY DAVE BOOKLESS Today’s environmental problems are so complex they often seen intractable. To tackle them, we not only need politics and economics, science and technology. We also need great wisdom to move towards a more sustainable and just world.… Read more

VAN GOGH AND GOD

September 21, 2015

Celebrated as one of the world’s most influential artists, often neglected is the thread of Christianity that wove itself throughout the Dutch post-impressionist’s brief and at times turbulent life.  BY SUSAN MANSFIELD   I remember, once, listening to the curator of a major Van Gogh exhibition give an account of the artist’s… Read more

Michael Ots

@michael_ots 

Michael Ots Evangelism Trust

  Solas magazine is a great read. It’s unique in that it is engages with current events from a Christian perspective. It’s attractive presentation and thought provoking content makes it equally suitable for both Christians as well as those who are not. Get a subscription and then buy two more for friends!   

ISSUE 01

EUROPE, CHRISTIANITY, THE FUTURE …
Is the Church suffering a crisis of confidence?

FINDING OUR VOICE
Europe needs Christians who are willing to speak out

THE COMMON GOOD
Issues confronting the Church across the continent

THEIR BODIES, THEIR BLOOD
Persecution of Christians is on the rise. Now is the time to act

 

ART  |  Return of ‘The Mack’

FILM  |  Movie industry’s fascination with artificial intelligence

BOOKS  |  Religion and Politics in The European Union; The Locust Effect;  Singled Out

MUSIC  |  Q&A with The Simon Kennedy Band

​Jon Bloom

@Bloom_Jon 

​Author and Co-founder, Desiring God

    The vision behind Solas magazine is very compelling: to be a 2-way window, giving the church a window to see into the world and giving the world a window to see into the church. Its articles are deeply thoughtful and insightful, engaging crucial political, cultural and spiritual issues facing Europe. On top of that it is visually beautiful. Solas is simply an excellent resource for anyone anywhere in the world who desires true light to be shed on what’s happening in Europe.