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 After a weekend of vitriol and abuse Andrea Leadsom has had enough and withdrawn from the race to be Conservative party leader and thus Prime Minister.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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Archbishop of Canterbury: To understand the world, we must understand religion

Jun 7, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: It is impossible to understand the world without understanding religion, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Religion needs to be seen as more than “an exercise in private piety” that needs to be covered by organisations such as the BBC in order to keep some strange people happy, he said. “Religion is a prime motivator of behaviour for both individuals and communities.” The Archbishop was writing in this...

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Why do Anglicans lean pro-Brexit, while atheists favor ‘Remain’?

Jun 1, 2016 by

by Sara Miller Lana and Alexis Xydias, CS Monitor: Though rarely invoked in British politics, religious belief does present correlation with Britons’ positions on whether to stay in the European Union. Religion is rarely invoked in British political affairs, and officially religious authority has remained neutral on the June 23 vote. Class, age, or education are much better indicators of voter preference. Ms. Goddard is the first to say she is not voting along religious lines but because...

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