Even the non-believers must understand faith

May 31, 2016 by

by Sholto Byrnes, The National: In the first half of the last century, religion was so ensconced in Britain that the Church of England was often referred to as “the Conservative Party at prayer”. In 1936, King Edward VIII relinquished his throne for insisting on breaking the rules of that church – of which he was supreme governor – to marry a divorcee. The decline Today, a survey shows just how far religion has declined in Britain. For the first time, according to a report due to be...

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Young believers and the forces of secularism

May 10, 2016 by

Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A new study points to anti-Christian prejudice in English schools. “I am torn between two different ways: everyone’s saying he’s [God’s] not real, everyone saying I’m wasting my time and I should be an atheist like them.”  (Toni, an 11-year-old English schoolgirl) In a column in the New York Times a few days ago self-styled progressive Nicholas Kristoff called for a more representative presence of conservatives and Christians in academic positions. This was...

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How Easter Killed My Faith in Atheism

Mar 29, 2016 by

by Lee Strobel, Wall Street Journal: Earlier this week, humorist Ricky Gervais presented his arguments for atheism and why he thought he was a better Christian than many Christians. In this follow-up essay, writer Lee Strobel offers his defense of Easter. It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was “divorce.” I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous...

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Why do even atheists still believe in life after death?

Mar 28, 2016 by

From Mailonline: It’s a curious contradiction: the number of atheists in Britain is rising, yet so, too, is the number of people who say they believe in life after death. On this Easter weekend, we asked leading philosophers, authors and religious thinkers to explain what the results of this new study tell us about the modern world… and what they believe about the afterlife. A. N. Wilson: Author and biographer of Jesus We should not be surprised that while the number of religious...

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Review of ‘God Is No Thing’ by Rupert Shortt

Mar 24, 2016 by

by Rowan Williams, Guardian: Some high-profile atheists insist on arguing against propositions that no serious Christian writer would endorse. This is a spirited corrective, covering the origins of the universe to the use of the Bible. In one of his letters, CS Lewis repeats the story of an earnest atheistical school teacher instructing her young charges that all forms of animal life derived from the higher apes, under the impression that she was teaching them Darwinism. The anecdote is...

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House of Cards: A terrifying insight into a world where God is dead

Mar 6, 2016 by

by Andy Walton, Christian Today: The best art and literature has always critiqued as well as reflected the age in which it is created. From Jonathan Swift’s biting satire to Charles Dickens’ treatment of London poverty; from Picasso’s depictions of the Spanish Civil War to the late Harper Lee’s stunning denunciation of segregation, the best art tells us something about the time in which it was created as well as timeless truths. While it may not be quite in the exalted...

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