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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BBC’s Edward Stourton: British media suffers from religious ‘blind spot’ leading t...

Jun 3, 2014 by

By William Turville, Press Gazette: BBC journalist Edward Stourton has said Britain’s lack of appreciation for the importance of religion across the world damages its news coverage. Stourton, presenter on Radio 4′s religious programme Sunday, believes British journalists have a “blind spot” when it comes to religion, meaning coverage can be “skewed”. He highlighted coverage of the Ukraine crisis, the Middle East and Boko Haram in Nigeria as examples of...

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Humans hunger for the sacred. Why can’t the new atheists understand that?

Jun 2, 2014 by

By Roger Scruton, Spectator: Look at life under communism, and you’ll see why religion will never die Does the world have a purpose? The new atheists regard the question as absurd. Purposes emerge in the course of evolution, they tell us; to suppose that they could exist before any organism can gain a reproductive advantage from possessing them is to unlearn the lesson of Darwin. With the theory of evolution firmly established, therefore, there is no room in the scientific worldview for an...

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Science Friction Heats up D.C. Debate

May 16, 2014 by

By Tony Perkins, FRC: Liberals must like their science the way they like their ideology: full of inconsistencies. For years, the Left has treated truth like an endless buffet, picking and choosing what they want based on the debate du jour. They use “science” to prop up their environmental straw man — but when it comes to human personhood or fetal pain, they’re suddenly allergic to the facts. It’s the kind of hypocrisy that conservatives like Senator Marco Rubio...

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