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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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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