The importance of cultural self-belief

Jun 19, 2014 by

By Adrian Hilton, Conservative Home: I’ve noticed over many years in the classroom that when students enter the physics or chemistry lab, they expect to be taught facts, and the teachers duly oblige by providing copious evidence from textbooks. But when those same students come to me to consider matters of theology, politics and philosophy, they generally take the view that they can choose what they like best, because just about everything that Hilton goes on about is mere opinion or...

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Banning faith schools is ideologically wrong. But in practice, it is worse – it is barbarism.

Jun 15, 2014 by

By Conor Pope, LabourList: “All faith schools are Trojan horses. Let’s ban every single one of them,” said the never understated Dan Hodges. “Faith schools are divisive. Let’s get rid of them,”said Alice Thomson in The Times. “Forget Trojan Horses. The real issue is faith schools,” said Catherine Bennett, who managed to identify and then dismiss the real issue before her Guardian article had even begun. The broadsheet commentators are angry. Really angry. You can tell, because their headlines...

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Who is David Brat? Meet the Christian conservative who just shook up the GOP establishment

Jun 13, 2014 by

By Kirsten Andersen, LifeSite News Sometimes all it takes to defeat a giant is a slingshot and divine intervention.  At least that’s what David Brat, the newly-nominated Republican candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 7th district, is crediting for his surprise primary win against incumbent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “It’s a miracle,” Brat told Fox News the night of his victory. “I’m a believer, so I’m humbled that God gave us this win. I was blessed. … God acts through people. And...

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Chaplains to state schools could help stamp out extremism – bishop

Jun 10, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Public school-style chaplains and better RE could help reduce influence of radical clerics in inner cities, says Bishop of Chelmsford. Encouraging inner city state schools to introduce chaplains could help reduce the risk of children being radicalised by extremist leaders, a bishop has suggested. The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said the state sector could learn from public schools such as Eton where chaplains are seen as essential rather than...

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Religion ‘makes people more generous’

Jun 9, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: It preaches help for the poor and loving thy neighbour but now a new study has provided evidence that religion can make people more generous in their everyday lives. Research commissioned by the BBC found that people who profess a religious belief are significantly more likely to give to charity than non-believers. Sikhs and Jews emerged as the most likely to share their worldly goods with a good cause, just ahead of Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The study,...

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It’s the irreligious right that secular liberals should worry about

Jun 6, 2014 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: Dear old Dickie Dawkins has said something silly again – this time at the Cheltenham Science Festival. As well the usual religion-bashing, hereportedly claimed that fairy tales (by which he really did mean actual fairy tales) are harmful to children because they “inculcate a view of the world which includes supernaturalism.” Professor Dawkins isn’t the only British TV scientist to have made headlines at a recent festival. Last week, it was the turn of the...

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