The state of the (Westminster) debate

Nov 22, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: The Westminster Faith Debates are organised by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Lancaster University. (A good number of them, oddly enough, take place in Oxford at the University Church.) You might expect them, then, to offer a balanced engagement with issues on the basis of good research—until you looked at the balance of speakers in particular debates. The...

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How did our country get where it is?

Nov 6, 2014 by

The following was written by Steven Levy and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.  The contents could apply equally in the UK … My confession: I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t...

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Poll finds atheists thought of as more moral, as Britain drifts away from religious values

Nov 6, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: More than half of British people believe that religion does more harm than good a recent poll has found. Twenty percent of people describing themselves as “very religious” also agreed with that statement. Less than a quarter of those surveyed believe that faith is a force for good. The poll, by Survation for the Huffington Post, found that just eight percent of Britons describe themselves as very religious, whereas more than 60 percent said they were not at...

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Prince Charles: Defender of Faith, Freedom and Religious Liberty

Nov 5, 2014 by

From Cranmer: “It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East,” says the Prince of Wales in a video message to mark the launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, produced by Aid to the Church in Need. In setting out a comprehensive assessment on the threats to religious liberty in 196 countries, the Report reiterates what we already know: Christians are the most persecuted group in the world today, and the leading persecutors are...

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A changing America

Nov 5, 2014 by

by Ed Vitagliano, AFA: In July, George Barna (…) came to American Family Studios to film “Portrait of America” before a live audience. The presentation provides a look into the beliefs and values of American adults. “Portrait of America” will be available at atimetospeak.com along with bonus features released October 1 in conjunction with the debut of “One Generation Away” and “A Time to Speak.” The two documentaries reveal the dangers posed to religious freedom by an increasingly...

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Faith schools ‘must teach gay rights’

Nov 2, 2014 by

by Sian Griffith, Sunday Times: NICKY MORGAN, the education secretary, is to take on Britain’s faith schools by ordering them to teach pupils to be tolerant of other religions and respect lesbian, gay and transgender relationships. The schools have been warned that those that fail to follow new rules on British values will be judged inadequate and could face closure. The move follows snap inspections by Ofsted at 40 schools, including those for Christian and Jewish pupils. They were launched...

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