God brings a permanence that we all need

Dec 26, 2014 by

by Tim Stanley, Telegraph: The older you get, the more permanence matters. Especially at Christmas. After a year of change, dramas, maybe even tragedy – it’s important to know that there will be turkey, there will be a Queen’s speech, there will be carols from King’s. Some people scoff at traditionalists who insist that things must be “just so”. But to keep things the way they always were is to anchor yourself in the ages. And given how stormy life can be, that’s a blessing. Of all the things...

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Religion or spirituality has positive impact on romantic/marital relationships, child development, r...

Dec 15, 2014 by

From Science Daily: Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. These were among the findings of studies published in two special sections of APA’s Journal of Family Psychology looking at how spiritual beliefs or behaviors...

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Primary school tables: faith schools dominating rankings

Dec 11, 2014 by

By Graeme Paton, Telegraph: Faith schools are increasingly monopolising places at the top of national league tables, figures show, prompting fresh claims that institutions are creaming off bright pupils from middle-class families. School-by-school results published by the Department for Education show two-thirds of primaries achieving “perfect” results this summer have a religious ethos. It was up on the number a year earlier. The figures suggest that faith schools – which make up just a third...

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Will the Sexual License Mandate Destroy Christian Educational Institutions?

Dec 10, 2014 by

By Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism: The predicament of individual Christians faced with legal or organizational requirements to acquiesce in the sexual revolution and provide goods or services that contribute to sin, reviewed in a recent article by the present author, is mirrored in a similar requirement being made on Christian institutions. The difference is that whereas individuals are threatened with loss of job, fines, or imprisonment, organizations are threatened with loss of existence if...

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Freedom is NOT a right. It’s more than that.

Dec 4, 2014 by

“Freedom is not the right to ‘choose’. It’s not the right to do whatever you want. It’s something much deeper than that.” Excellent Christmas reflection from LIFESITE NEWS.

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The state of the (Westminster) debate

Nov 22, 2014 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: The Westminster Faith Debates are organised by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Lancaster University. (A good number of them, oddly enough, take place in Oxford at the University Church.) You might expect them, then, to offer a balanced engagement with issues on the basis of good research—until you looked at the balance of speakers in particular debates. The...

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