The Jedi and the Bishop: two men from Essex, two religious outlooks

Mar 29, 2015 by

By Lawrence Cawley, BBC Inside Out: Both Stephen Cottrell and Michael Kitchen were born in Essex, both are the sons of non-religious parents and both went on to study religion. But that is where the similarities end. Michael Kitchen laughs and shakes his head when asked the inevitable question: do you have a light sabre? He does not. In fact he is not particularly keen on the Star Wars films. Though he does have a robe. Born and raised in Saffron Walden, Mr Kitchen has been a member of the...

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The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist

Mar 21, 2015 by

By Conrad Black, National Post: Having spent a very enjoyable two hours in conversation with Dr. John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University and one of the most rational and persuasive advocates of a Christian theistic view of the world, it has come back to me what a shabby level of mockery and sophistical evasion many of the militant atheists are reduced to, in comparison even with the famous skeptics of earlier times. People like Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell and Sigmund...

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God, reason, and our civilizational crisis

Mar 20, 2015 by

by Samuel Gregg, MercatorNet: The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours. In 1992, the political scientist Samuel Huntington ignited a debate among scholars of politics and international affairs when he proposed that civilizational differences would be an increased source of conflict in a post-Cold War world. Widely seen as a competitor to the “end of history” thesis proposed by Francis Fukuyama, Huntington’s argument was developed in...

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Can religion and science bury the hatchet?

Mar 20, 2015 by

By Caroline Wyatt, BBC News: A new project bringing together science and religion is unlikely to end the long and sometimes bitter debate over the relationship between the two. However, it will offer trainee priests and Christians who are scientists the chance to engage with contemporary science. The project – backed by the Church of England – is to receive more than £700,000 to promote greater engagement between science and Christians, as part of a three-year Durham University...

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Non-Christian faith schools are ‘straining the state educational system to breaking point̵...

Mar 17, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: In his Lyndwood Lecture delivered to the Ecclesiastical Law Society last December, former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP made a potent case for the continuing Establishment of the Church of England, observing its deep commitment to social action at a local community level, “whether it be voluntary work in a charity shop or serving in a youth organization or helping in a one off community project in a Deanery or Diocese such as those for rough sleepers in winter...

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Secularists must not be allowed to distort the argument for faith schools

Mar 16, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, Archbishop Cranmer’s blog: Today a new book, The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools, by the think-tank Civitas is being launched in Parliament. I will be there alongside David Davis MP, Tristram Hunt MP and other leading figures from the world of education. I (Gillan) was asked to write on selective admissions by faith schools and below is an abridged version of the chapter. Try to imagine for a moment what sort of a country the United Kingdom would become if we...

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