Rule changes will make it easier for new faith schools to open

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Phibbs, Christian Today: There has been much excitement about the fact that, in the future, a few of the new free schools opening might have an element of selection by ability. This has been described as going back to “the grammar school system”. I suspect that even with some academies taking advantage of the new rules and some existing grammar schools expanding, the impact will be a modest (but welcome) increase in the diversity of schools available. Less attention has been given to...

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Education Secretary Praises ‘Hugely Popular’ Christian And Other Faith Schools

Nov 24, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: England’s church schools are “hugely popular” and “significantly more likely than other schools to be rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding,” the education secretary Justine Greening MP has said. She was speaking after the Government decided to relax selection rules for new pupils. The rules have been changed after it became clear that a cap on admissions to new faith schools, restricting them to taking only half their intake on...

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Does religion help couples stay together?

Nov 21, 2016 by

from The Marriage Foundation: I’m often asked if Christians have lower divorce rates than anyone else. Although I point out that I don’t know of any UK studies on this, evidence from the US is fairly mixed that religion – or ‘religiosity’ as it’s usually called in the academic papers – is linked to higher rates of stability. In any case, if you were going to make a social science hypothesis based on what you read in the Bible, there’s a much better candidate than simply whether one subscribes...

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Councils don’t use Christian groups amid fears they’ll be ‘biased or evangelise’

Nov 16, 2016 by

by Anthony Bushfield, Premier: Many councils are not using faith-based organisations to provide vital services because they fear the cash will be used to evangelise, it’s claimed. Local authorities also worry that Christian groups would be biased to people of the same faith, according to the Labour MP Stephen Timms. The politician, a Christian, is promoting the Faith Covenant which aims to encourage dialogue between councils and faith-based organisations. “Council officers are...

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Religious views and the euthanasia debate

Nov 12, 2016 by

by Xavier Symons, bioedge: Many take it to be the case that religious arguments against euthanasia should not be admitted to the public square. In a new article in the journal Christian Bioethics, Villanova University philosopher Stephen Napier makes an ambitious argument against this view. Napier believes that the sorts of arguments usually made against religious perspectives actually undermine the very premises upon which the legalisation of euthanasia is justified. His argument is based...

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Faith schools have key role in fighting extremism, says Church of England MP

Nov 9, 2016 by

by Aaron James, Premier: Faith schools can help tackle extremism by fostering greater “religious literacy”, an MP has said. Dame Caroline Spelman, the Church of England’s representative in the Commons, said she wants to “scotch the myth” religious schools fuel segregation. They can in fact play a crucial role in battling intolerance and division by fostering a greater understanding of religion, she said. Speaking in a Commons debate on the proposed expansion of...

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