The Cross, the Trinity and Greek debt: salvation and economics

Jul 7, 2015 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream.   When I became a Christian, central to my understanding of salvation was the Cross: a symbol of the Saviour who stood in my place and took the punishment I deserved. It made perfect sense to me that as well as being made in God’s image with gifts, friends and family, I was a sinner who had no right to be in the presence of a holy God; it was life-changing to realise that God himself, rather than waiting for me to reach a standard which was...

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Bishops were wrong about poverty last time… this time they’re irrelevant

Jan 16, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Mailonline: The quickest way to ruin a dinner party is to talk about the Christian belief in an after-life. ‘Heaven? It’s just a fantasy cooked up by clergy to keep themselves in a job,’ a typical metropolitan hostess might say, her lip curling as she spoons out the asparagus soufflé. To which I can only reply: in 20 years of covering religious affairs as a journalist, I have almost never heard vicars or priests talk about heaven – except from the narrow confines of the...

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Connecting Religious and Economic Liberty

Nov 24, 2014 by

By Dylan Pahman, Public Discourse: New data suggest that countries that value and protect religious liberty offer fertile soil for economic liberty to flourish. In a recent article in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Brian Grim, Greg Clark, and Robert Edward Snyder published their findings that “religious freedom contributes to better economic and business outcomes and that advances in religious freedom are in the self-interest of businesses, government, and societies by...

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Financial advice to be available in church

May 28, 2014 by

The Church of England has launched a new scheme to promote responsible lending, which will see people being given financial advice in church. The Church Credit Champions Network (CCCN) will promote the use of credit unions rather than payday lenders. It follows the Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of payday lenders in July last year. Justin Welby said he was trying to put such lenders “out of business” by giving them greater competition. Adrian Newman, the Bishop of...

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74 Anglican bishops don't castigate Cameron

Feb 20, 2014 by

From Cranmer The mainstream media are running prominently today with a letter to the Daily Mirror on the subject of food-banks, which has been signed by 27 bishops of the Church of England (along with sundry Methodists, and a couple of Quakers thrown in for good measure). The letter reads: Sir, Britain is the world’s seventh largest economy and yet people are going hungry. Half a million people have visited foodbanks in the UK since last Easter and 5,500 people were admitted to hospital...

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How a country’s economy is determined by the quality of its marriages

Dec 3, 2013 by

Tamara Rajakariar, MercatorNet A mother at home is of more use to the economy than her husband at work.   Don’t believe me? Watch this clip of Pat Fagan of the Family Research Council speaking at the recent World Congress of Families, and I’m sure you’ll agree! I’ll run through his main points though, to summarise for you.   Fagan starts by saying that the quality of children, and so our future society, depends directly on the quality of the marriage of their...

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