One in 50 clergy don’t believe in God

Oct 29, 2014 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: One in 50 Anglican clergy in the UK believes God is merely a human construct, according to a new survey today. Just eight in ten believe there is a personal God and a further three in 100 believe there is some spirit or life force. And in spite of two millennia of Church doctrine based on determining the mind of God through the Scriptures, nearly one in ten believes: “No-one can know what God is like.” The YouGov survey of more than 1,500 Anglican...

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‘Faith & Thought’ Conference on Homosexuality

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Dr Peter May: These are notes of the main points taken from a Day Conference  in London organised by the evangelical, non-denominational Victoria Institute in October 2014. Papers were given on Scientific, Social, Biblical and Pastoral aspects of Homosexuality, to be published in their journal Faith & Thought in April 2015. Scientific Aspects:   by Eleanor Whiteway, Cambridge Researcher with Faraday Institute Working with Dr Denis Alexander, her talk was a foretaste of a major paper due...

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New figures reveal massive decline in religious affiliation

Oct 17, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: In five decades, the number of people with no religion in Britain has grown from just 3 per cent of the population to nearly half, according to a new survey. Among adults aged under 25, nearly two-thirds define themselves as “nones”, or people with no religious affiliation. The findings present an enormous challenge for the churches over how they make faith appealing to young people, in a world where many young will be appalled at how the...

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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....

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Oct 3, 2014 by

From Voice for Justice UK: Christianity is under attack.  From militant Islam.  From aggressive secularism, which, whatever it maintains, is in no way neutral, but is a competing ideology, which will only be satisfied when it has driven all trace of our faith from the public arena.   From the Church, which somewhere along the line lost the description ‘militant’, and became compromising, flabby and compliant. Voice for Justice UK feels called to respond.  In particular, we have felt called to...

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A C Grayling’s call to abolish RE in schools is dangerously ignorant

Sep 25, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, Cranmer: A couple of weeks ago I was in a conversation with a BBC producer discussing faith schools and their admissions policies. We talked about the possibility of my appearance on BBC1′s Sunday Morning Live to debate the subject. In the end it didn’t happen, but I wish I’d had the chance to take on the British Humanist Association’s chief executive, Andrew Copson, as he repeatedly made claims that there was factual evidence that faith schools select wealthy pupils by the...

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