Theresa May sidelines role of faith minister

Aug 16, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The government position of faith minister has been quietly minimised in an ongoing trend of minimising the prominence of religion in senior roles. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth is the new minister with responsibilities for “faith and integration” after Theresa May became Prime Minister in July. But far from being a senior government position, Bourne is a junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Alongside his...

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Decline of religion in Britain ‘comes to a halt’ – major study suggests

Aug 7, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: It is more than 130 years since Nietzsche declared that “God is dead”, and forecasts of the demise of organised religion in the UK and elsewhere have been a regular fixture ever since. But new figures from Britain’s longest-running and most important barometer of general public opinion suggest that reports of the imminent death of Christianity at least may have been greatly exaggerated. As-yet unpublished findings from this year’s British Social Attitudes Survey...

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Motherhood and Apple Pie – The Sins of Andrea Leadsom

Jul 12, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Gottcha! She’s gone. Ding-dong, the witch is dead. After a weekend of vitriol and abuse Andrea Leadsom has had enough and withdrawn from the race to be Conservative party leader and thus Prime Minister. Even then the abuse has not stopped – after all it just goes to show that she is a weak woman and should retire to the kitchen – where she clearly belongs (yes – that really was said!). […] But the real attack – and the real bitterness, came because of her...

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The Hunting of Andrea Leadsom

Jul 11, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: It’s the hunting season again. With the Tory party in the throes of choosing a new leader its time for our PC secularists to start trawling the web in order to find dark and hidden secrets of the various candidates. Have they ever lied in the past? Cheated on their taxes? Kicked the cat? Gone fox hunting? But the big sin – the one that guarantees the Twitterati and Fackbook pages go ballistic – is ‘are they Christian?’. Like, really Christian. Not David...

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Religion and Well-being: Assessing the Evidence

Jun 26, 2016 by

by Nick Spencer, Theos: The relationship between religion and wellbeing is widely and frequently reported. Academic studies published in peer-reviewed journals regularly confirm the widespread belief that ‘religion’ is good for ‘well-being’. But what do we mean by ‘religion’ and what do we mean by ‘well-being’? Neither term is exactly self-explanatory. This report evaluates the evidence from nearly 140 academic studies conducted over the last three decades examining the relationship between...

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Why broadcasters shy away from the big questions of religion

Jun 10, 2016 by

by Melanie McDonagh, London Evening Standard: Fittingly enough, it was in what the Archbishop of Canterbury called the “quasi-Hogwarts” environment of Lambeth Palace that the Sandford St Martin Awards took place last night. For the Baftas of religious broadcasting Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, took the Stephen Fry role, and Joan Bakewell was the winner-in-chief, with celeb classicist  Mary Beard as her cheerleader. It was the archbishop who cut to the heart of the matter by observing that...

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