Don’t speak about your faith unless you’re asked to says Archbishop of Canterbury

May 21, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Christians should not talk to people about their faith unless they are actively invited to do so, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted. The Most Rev Justin Welby, said enthusiastic members of his flock should not to be afraid to talk about Christianity in a more secular society but advised them to listen to others before saying anything and, crucially, to wait until they are asked. Under Archbishop Welby, the Church of England has recently launched what is...

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‘Ofsted will become state regulator of religion’: Evangelical Alliance

May 21, 2016 by

by Jonathan Elliott, Lapido Media: THE Queen’s Speech today sets out sweeping new laws to crack down on extremism as the government ramps up its bid to stop the ‘poisonous narrative’ of radical Islamist ideology. Records of individuals with convictions for terrorism and connections to extremism will be made available to schools so that so-called ‘hate preachers’ are prevented from working with children, in much the same way as paedophiles. But although the Counter-Extremism...

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Irish Education chief cautions on religion teaching in schools

May 21, 2016 by

by Carl O’Brien, Irish Times: Community and comprehensive schools under Catholic patronage need to be prepared for a time when religious instruction and worship may not be required by students, the secretary general of the Department of Education has said. Speaking to a meeting of the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools, Seán Ó Foghlú said the 150 or so community and comprehensive secondary schools under religious patronage are legally obliged under deeds to serve the entire...

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Why I am a not a Buddhist

May 17, 2016 by

By Melvin Tinker, Virtueonline: Here’s the question: of all the different religions and beliefs which exist, including Buddhism and Christianity, how do you go about deciding between them? Are there criteria which might help us make such informed decisions, or do we fall back on the prevailing view of ‘Whatever works for you’? Well, yes there are. You have to begin by asking what is the purpose of religions or belief systems? At root they are attempts to make sense out of...

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BBC says it is too Christian and must diversify

May 15, 2016 by

By Nicholas Hellen, The Sunday Times: The BBC is too Christian in its religious output, according to an internal review, and should increase its Muslim, Hindu and Sikh programming. Lord Hall, the director-general, is considering findings that show there is a disproportionate amount of programming by the corporation on Christian matters compared with other faiths. Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, told a Commons meeting on religious literacy he had written a report for Hall...

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Religion is like sex education: it must permeate the whole curriculum

May 11, 2016 by

by Professor John Wolffe, Lapido Media: RELIGIOUS literacy is key to solving social problems of misunderstanding and insecurity.  Yet I do not see it as requiring extensive factual knowledge, and certainly do not equate it with religious commitment. Indeed religiously committed people often lack religious literacy insofar as they can hold stereotyped perceptions of traditions other than their own. Rather I would suggest that religious literacy is a set of skills and attitudes that enables...

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