UK one of world’s least religious countries, survey finds

Apr 13, 2015 by

From The Guardian: The UK is among the least religious countries in the world, according to a new survey. In a global ranking of 65 countries, the UK came six places from last, with 30% of the population calling themselves religious. While 53% of people said they were not religious, only 13% said they were a convinced atheist and the remainder did not know how to define themselves. This compares with 94% of people in Thailand and 93% of people in Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia and Morocco who...

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Who will inherit the earth? Not atheists, anyway

Apr 10, 2015 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: New research shows that the religious population is growing faster than the non-religious. Religion, as certain members of the media never fail to remind us at this time of year, seems to be on the decline, and for disgruntled secularists, the end cannot come quickly enough. But the death of God, at least in the hearts of most human beings, is a Western illusion. New demographic projections suggest that it’s non-believers who are more likely to languish while...

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Should the church be a radical voice in politics?

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Julian Coman, Guardian: The Church of England is having a lively election campaign, attacking our divisive political culture and calling for a fresh vision for Britain. The Tories told the bishops to stop meddling, but the episode highlights the church’s ability to talk straight on subjects politicians shy away from. “Then he said to them: ‘Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” Matthew 22:21 There is no record of a Jeremy...

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This Easter, put your faith in love

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Tim Stanley, Telegraph: Lying in bed this Easter morning googling pictures of the resurrection, as one does, I stumbled upon Caravaggio’s Doubting Thomas. In John 20, the disciple Thomas doubts that Jesus has risen from the dead, saying: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it!” Jesus comes to him a week later and shows his wounds to Thomas. As you can see from the detail above, Thomas takes his...

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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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