Lord Carey: Christians must not apologise at work for their beliefs

Mar 15, 2015 by

By Nicola Harley, Telegaph: Lord Carey, the Former Archbishop of Canterbury, says society is becoming “increasingly illiterate” about religion and Christians are being forced to hide their beliefs in the workplace. He is urging people not to “apologise” but to speak up for their beliefs. It follows a report commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which asked people about any incidents in the workplace relating to their religion. Writing in the...

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Faith in politics?

Mar 12, 2015 by

From Evangelical Alliance: Our latest research explores the political views of UK evangelicals and how engaged they and their churches are in politics. Our survey of more than 2,000 evangelicals found that many are disillusioned with UK politics, with less than one in 10 (six per cent) believing that politicians can be trusted to keep their manifesto promises. But evangelicals are also much more likely to be interested and engaged in politics and to prioritise the common good of society above...

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The £3.5 billion gift from the churches to our communities

Mar 10, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, from Cranmer: This Friday will see Jake Berry MP’s private member’s Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill go to Committee stage in the House of Lords. Assuming this goes through (and the indications are that it will), the High Court judgement two years ago, which found that the saying of prayers as a formal part of council meetings was unlawful, will have been overcome. ‘Hurrah!’ we say. Common sense has won. Let the councils decide how to start their meetings...

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Does religion have a role in bioethics?

Feb 28, 2015 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: The notion that religious convictions have no place in medicine or bioethics is widespread and growing. After the Canadian Supreme Court recently found that euthanasia and assisted suicide are constitutional, for instance, there were immediate suggestions that doctors who refused to assist on religious grounds might have to find other employment. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Oxford theologian Nigel Biggar argues that this is wrong. First, because it...

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The future of faith schools: a continuing story

Feb 21, 2015 by

By Gill Robins, Patheos: I blogged recently about the future of our faith schools and the likelihood that they will remain as faith schools, but not as we know them. Today comes a new challenge to their existence, this time from the European Commission, after complaints from the British Humanist Association (BHA). The plan has been long in the making – the BHA tried to provoke an investigation last year, which was placed on hold after the Commission ruled that no evidence had been provided of...

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Black majority churches and Islam are Britain’s ‘religious future’, says expert

Feb 14, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: A Professor from the University of Essex has predicted that the strongest areas of religious growth in Britain will be Islam and “black-majority” churches. ‘Black and brown’ David Voas (…), a sociologist of religion, observed that “Muslims already contribute 10 per cent of British births; within several decades people of Muslim heritage will form 10 per cent of the population, even if immigration came to an abrupt halt tomorrow.” “If even half are observant, they...

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