Matthew Parris: I stand up for Christianity, even though I don’t believe in it

Dec 24, 2016 by

from The Times: […]  The Prince of Wales was giving his Thought for the Day on BBC radio. His message was of humanity’s path, by faith, to tolerance; and in using the phrase “Our Lord Jesus Christ” he was testifying to his own faith. This listener does not share that faith… …So logic suggests I should have shrugged, or turned away. Instead — I cannot deny it — I felt a small, unexpected rush of pride. The heir to the throne and defender of the faith was speaking as a man in...

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‘In God We Trust’: Official U.S. Motto to Stay on Currency as Court Rejects Atheist Bid to Remove It

Dec 6, 2016 by

by Hazel Torres, Christian Today: Money does not exist “for the express purpose that it be observed and read by the public.” Citing this as one of the grounds for its decision, a U.S. district court on Wednesday dismissed a case filed by a group of atheist humanists who sought to remove “In God We Trust” on the U.S. currency, Charisma News reported. The atheist group referred to in court documents as “New Doe Child” had alleged that the inscription of...

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Changing Britain: Whilst the non-religious are growing, new religious life is flourishing in urban areas

Nov 4, 2016 by

by Grace Davie, LSE: Grace Davie’s 1994 book Religion in Britain Since 1945 has been one of the leading resources in the field of the Sociology of Religion. A revised edition, published in 2015, describes the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain, taking into account the changes that have taken place in the last two decades. Here Davie explores the nature of these transformations. Twenty years after I published Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging an...

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Sweden opens first atheist cemetery to cater to growing non-religious population

Oct 21, 2016 by

By Caroline Mortimer, Independent: A graveyard free of any religious symbols has been opened in Sweden to cater to the country’s growing number of atheists. Josef Erdem, a teacher from Borlänge in central Sweden, first proposed the idea because he wanted people to “decide for themselves what their graves should look like”. He said he had grown up in Kurdistan and as a result his worldview had been shaped by having friends from all walks of life. He sent in the formal application for the ground...

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BBC star Dan Walker – ‘Of course I believe in dinosaurs, I’m a Christian, not a creationist’

Oct 20, 2016 by

by Mark Jefferies, Daily Mirror: Presenter Dan, who replaced Bill Turnbull on the BBC Breakfast sofa, talks faith and football – and his wish to some day host Match of the Day permanently. It’s often said you should never discuss religion or politics in polite society. But when presenter Dan Walker arrived on the BBC Breakfast sofa earlier this year, he was given very little choice. For the presenter carries a bit of belief baggage, having in the past explained his Christian faith means...

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Atheism, the State, and the Early Christians: Lessons for Today

Sep 25, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Socrates was said to have been sentenced to death by the state because he was accused of atheism (impiety) and corrupting youth because he did not acknowledge the gods of Athens. His life was ended by drinking hemlock, but accusations of atheism did not stop there. The early Christians were accused of similar things. Because they refused to worship the emperor and the gods of the day, they were accused of atheism and persecuted by the state. Back then things...

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