Battle of the Somme centenary: How is it being commemorated and why was it so important?

Jul 1, 2016 by

by Daniel Dunford, Emily Allen and Laurence Dodds, Telegraph: What was the Battle of the Somme? Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War and the largest battle on the western front. It saw over one million wounded, killed or missing on both sides of the battlefield – affecting the lives of millions more back home. The first day of the 141-day campaign, July 1 1916, was and still is the deadliest day in the history of...

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General Synod: disagreement about sexuality, Scripture and mission

Jun 29, 2016 by

Newest items at the top: Teetering on the brink: Shared convulsions at Synods from Christian Concern Synod members thanked for staying on to talk about their differences, by Madeleine Davies, Church Times Synod’s Shared Conversations, by Ian Paul, Psephizo Anglican divisions harden despite talk of unity, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream Statement following conclusion of Shared Conversations Process from Church of England website ‘Go in confidence,’ Justin Welby tells Synod...

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What same-sex marriage brings with it

May 30, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Earlier this week, the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland decided to recognise and accept the ministry of clergy in same-sex marriages, as a logical extension to its previous decision to accept those in civil partnerships. (A rather odd article in the Telegraph followed, which suggested this was a ‘model’ for the C of E, as if there were a connection between the C of E and the non-episcopal Church of Scotland, and as if this was the first Christian church to recognise and...

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Just War Theory Isn’t Obsolete

Apr 18, 2016 by

by Gregory Brown, Public Discourse: Modern warfare may have vastly increased the scale, but the traditional criteria for just war remain sound, especially in helping leaders avoid the false extremes of cynical realism and idealistic pacifism. War has been a constant, more or less, for all of human history. Yet many wars are unjust, often gravely and manifestly so. In the face of this injustice, what is one to do? Many people, the realists, accept it. War and its injustices, they reason, are...

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Neither Fox News Nor Donald Trump Are Going To Come For You With An AK, Whereas…

Dec 10, 2015 by

By James Delingpole, Breitbart: All today and yesterday, the UK media and the Twittersphere have abounded with commenters – politicians, media pundits, even the Metropolitan police – saying how thoroughly they condemn Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban and his claim that parts of Britain’s Islamised inner cities have become places where the authorities fear to tread. If I wanted to follow their example and ramp up the ludicrous rhetoric, I might almost go so far as to say that these people are...

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Former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries ‘not opposed to bombing campaigns in principle’

Dec 2, 2015 by

By Caroline Mortimer, Independent: The former Bishop of Oxford has said Britain should not bomb Syria yet – but that he is “not opposed to the bombing campaigns in principle”. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, Lord Richard Harries said the proposed aerial bombing campaignagainst Isis did not meet several of the criteria for a “just war” in Christian thought. He said there were six broad principles a war must meet in order to be seen as morally...

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