Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on “Taking Religion Seriously”

May 13, 2014 by

By Bart Gingerich, Juicy Ecumenism On April 30th, the John Jay Institute hosted the Right Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester and current director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue. The event, entitled “Taking Religion Seriously: Muslims, Christians, Jews, and World Order,” attracted attendees from the greater Philadelphia area, especially the surrounding Main Line. The lecture dealt with such issues as secularism, philosophies of religious...

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Schools sent ‘atheist handbook’ by humanist group

May 2, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute A humanist group is sending a secularist text called ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ to every secondary school in England and Wales. The British Humanist Association (BHA), which campaigns for a secular state, claims to be distributing the book so that pupils can “encounter the full range of philosophies and worldviews” available to them. ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ was written by science teacher Alom Shaha, who...

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Atheist Sunday Assembly prepares for first 'synod' as expansion continues

Apr 29, 2014 by

From The Guardian General assembly in London on Saturday will set up a system of church-like management for rapidly growing group In the beginning there was one – a gathering of several hundred atheists in a deconsecrated church in north London. Within months that solitary event had mushroomed into a cluster of get-togethers across Britain and further afield, where unbelievers met to celebrate life without God. Now, 16 months after the first Sunday Assembly, the organisation predicts it...

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The hypersensitivity of atheists

Apr 28, 2014 by

By Colin Hart, The Christian Institute David Cameron’s comments about Britain being a Christian country were hardly new or doctrinaire. They were so mild that politicians across the parties were happy to echo many of the remarks. So mild that Christ, the cross or the resurrection didn’t even get a mention in the speech.   Come election time, Christians will weigh up whether David Cameron practises what he preaches.   But what I found fascinating was the extraordinary...

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Secular Group Files Lawsuit in New Jersey Against 'Under God' in Pledge

Apr 23, 2014 by

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words.   David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge's words are religiously coercive....

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David Cameron accused of fostering division in 'Christian' UK

Apr 21, 2014 by

By Patrick Wintour, Guardian Prime minister's references to Britain as a Christian country have negative consequences, say campaigners More than 50 prominent public figures including novelist, diplomats, Nobel prize winners and playwrights have accused David Cameron of fostering divisions in the UK by repeatedly referring to Britain as a Christian country. Signatories to the letter asserting that Britain is not a Christian country include Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Prof Alice Roberts,...

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