Even the non-believers must understand faith

May 31, 2016 by

by Sholto Byrnes, The National: In the first half of the last century, religion was so ensconced in Britain that the Church of England was often referred to as “the Conservative Party at prayer”. In 1936, King Edward VIII relinquished his throne for insisting on breaking the rules of that church – of which he was supreme governor – to marry a divorcee. The decline Today, a survey shows just how far religion has declined in Britain. For the first time, according to a report due to be...

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Attacks on faith schools miss the mark

May 28, 2016 by

by Chris McGovern, The Conservative Woman: Radicalisation is a greater danger in secular settings. Faith schools may be very popular with parents but calls for their abolition grow ever louder and ever more hysterical. The latest attack comes from Alice Thomson in a piece for The Times. “Religious certainty,” she asserts, “sits uncomfortably with open enquiry and academic learning.” Ironically, this is at odds with the newspaper’s royalist masthead which proclaims, “DIEU ET MON DROIT –...

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#DisagreeWell: Christian EU debate attempts to shift poisonous rhetoric

May 27, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: Christians on opposite sides of the European Union debate locked horns on Thursday night in a debate billed as a model of how to “disagree well”. In a move to counter the heated rhetoric on both sides of the referendum debate, the panel were asked to offer a “Christian EU debate”. The unusual pair of former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe alongside left-wing commentator and priest Giles Fraser argued for Brexit against Lib Dem peer Sal...

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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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