Archbishop responds to Prime Minister’s statement on Syria

Nov 26, 2015 by

Archbishop Justin Welby responded in the House of Lords today to the Prime Minister’s statement on extending British military operations in Syria. “I thank the Leader of the House for the repetition of the statement, and particularly the publication of the Foreign Affairs Committee report, and particularly in both the statement and the report for the seriousness of their emphasis on a comprehensive approach – both of the seriousness of military action but also of the integration of soft and hard power; of the support for jobs, education, family and community life and stability, and of community flourishing in the neighbouring countries, which comes out very strongly and is very welcome. “The test will obviously be the total mobilisation of effort in a focussed way that recognises the long-term needs of security for indigenous populations, and particularly the Christian populations, being harried out of the area at the time....

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Operation Safe Havens: Rescuing Christians in Danger

Jun 12, 2015 by

By Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, Barnabas Fund: “Be a safe place for those on the run from the killing fields.” (Isaiah 16:4)* Operation Safe Havens: Rescuing Christians in Danger I recently returned from a trip to five countries of the Middle East. I have visited the region countless times over the last two decades and have seen first-hand the tragic deterioration of the situation for Christians, especially in countries like Syria and Iraq where they used to be treated with respect as equal citizens. The Christians are now in deadly danger. They compare the rise of the Islamic State group (IS) with the invasion of the Mongol hordes many centuries ago. The Mongols completely destroyed the Church in much of their territory, and IS seems intent on doing the same. A Christian presence and witness 2,000 years old is disappearing before our eyes. We cannot do much to change the...

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Conciliation with Liberal Modernity is Not Possible

Jun 10, 2015 by

By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine: The transcendent aspects of religion have little meaning for most educated Westerners today. They may consider religion worthy of respect or at least toleration when it relates to practical matters like willingness to help others and accept them as they are. Otherwise, it’s “fundamentalist”—strange, irrational, dangerous, oppressive, and very likely fraudulent. So when the issue comes up, they want doctrine to be subordinated to social and personal concerns or else abandoned, at least as a practical matter. The reasons they give vary somewhat. Some think of religion as basically a way of talking about this world from a poetic or ideal perspective. Others intend to accept something like traditional doctrine, but interpret it in a way that focuses on human things understood from the simplest this-worldly point of view. Love, for example, becomes identified with accepting and celebrating people just as they are, and...

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The lamps are going out all over the Middle East. They may not be lit again for decades

Jun 8, 2015 by

By Paul T Horgan, The Conservative Woman: There are many things that pollute our media experiences: events or persons who continually intrude upon the text and images we use to inform, educate and entertain ourselves. Although I do not watch televised talent shows, I have become aware that a dog has again won one of these. Kim Kardashian’s bottom seems virtually impossible to avoid and seems deserving of its own representation in the world of show-business. At least one man has chosen to assume the body shape of a woman through the use of hormones and cosmetic surgery. For this he has apparently been the subject of secular beatification. There are more sinister forms of visual pollution. Our screens have of late been regularly visited by the images of young men, clad in dark clothing from head to foot, brandishing swords towards the camera in a threatening fashion. For...

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VE Day anniversary: Church bells ring across UK

May 9, 2015 by

From BBC News: Churches and cathedrals across the UK are ringing their bells as part of 70th anniversary commemorations of VE Day, the end of World War Two in Europe. Bells began ringing at 11:00 BST on the second day of celebrations, and a 1940s-themed concert will be held later at London’s Horse Guards Parade. Acts including Status Quo and Pixie Lott will perform at the event. On Friday, wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph and the Queen led a ceremony to light beacons across the UK. Other European and Commonwealth countries have also held VE Day events. Russia, which lost more citizens to the war than any other nation, is holding a Victory parade in Moscow’s Red Square. The US, Australia, Canada and most of the EU heads of state have declined to send a representative in protest at Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Sir Nicholas Soames, a former...

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Religion is hugely overrated…as a cause of war

Oct 10, 2014 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: For atheists of a certain frame of mind, recent events in Iraq and Syria are confirmation that religion is the main cause of conflict in the world. John Gray, an atheist of a very different stripe, disagrees. In a book review for the New Republic, he provides some much needed perspective. For a start, one only has to start listing the great conflicts of history to see that there are countless of examples of wars where the cause is clearly non-religious. For instance, the first two Gulf Wars, the proxy conflicts of the Cold War, World Wars I and II, the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Mongol invasions and most of the wars perpetrated by the empires, kingdoms and city states of the ancient world. Of course, the above examples do include wars fought with an ideological motivation – but the ideologies involved are often...

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