Is anybody thinking logically any more?

Jan 21, 2015 by

by Ann Widdecombe, Daily Express: Non, je ne suis pas Charlie. Non and non again. It is a crude, vulgar, blasphemous and silly rag which did and does no credit to any of those who have produced or promoted it. If from the above statement anybody deduces that I would deny the freedom to publish it or even that I must be equivocal towards the murderous rampage which erupted in France, then that person is exhibiting all the muddled thinking that has characterised reaction to the Charlie Hebdo...

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Farage is right to defend our Judaeo-Christian Heritage

Jan 17, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, Archbishop Cranmer: Some things in politics are so utterly predictable that we can guess what our politicians are going to say with a high degree of certainty before they open their mouths. How many times have we heard Labour politicians trot out their “cost of living crisis” mantra over the last couple of years every time there has been a negative piece of economic data released? And who was even remotely surprised when Nigel Farage came out with his “We’re going to have to...

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Timeless Truth in Contemporary Culture: An Apologetic for Christian Engagement in Public Life Hosted...

Jan 12, 2015 by

A report by Andrew Symes Leaders and activists from a wide cross section of church denominations attended this conference which sought to give a clear philosophical and theological rationale for Christian engagement in the public square, especially concerning the most important and controversial issues of religious freedom, sex and marriage, and protection of the most vulnerable.   While many of the examples and illustrations in the talks were specific to local situations, much of the content...

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The Mission Creep of “Dignity”

Jan 12, 2015 by

by Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: Dignity, rightly understood, has less to do with autonomy or independence than with intrinsic worth and the ability to flourish. When it comes to the “culture wars,” the sparring sides often evaluate their words or phrases less for accuracy than for emotional punch. For that reason some words, like life or choice, stick. They resonate. Others feel clunky—true but unhelpful. Take conjugal, for example; it may be an accurate description of real marriage, but...

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What I learned from the word of the Bard, by Rowan Williams

Dec 28, 2014 by

By Robert McCrum, Guardian: As Christmas approached, the Observer found Rowan Williams, the right reverend, the Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former archbishop of Canterbury, primate of All England, and author of The Poems of Rowan Williams (Perpetua Press), relaxing at home in Cambridge, merrily extemporising Dogberry’s lines from Much Ado About Nothing in a passable rustic accent: “Though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass.” This, your reporter is bound to note, is not a...

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Evangelical identity and British values

Dec 20, 2014 by

By David Landrum, EAUK: Identity is a funny thing. It’s hugely important, yet often we take it for granted. It’s unique to each one of us, yet we all have many identities. I’m a father, a brother, a friend, English, a scouser, and an Everton supporter, to name but a few. These identities are like layers of an onion: each one more or less significant than another. The question is: what’s at the irreducible core? Who are we when everything else has been stripped away? In...

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