Prophet, Islamist, Cartoon or Bear: Which Mohammed most offends?

Mar 1, 2015 by

By Archbishop Cranmer: Apparently we now know the identity of the Islamist butcher known as ‘Jihadi John’, who has an undoubted penchant for making snuff movies involving the decapitation of charitable and humanitarian non-Muslims. According to numerous media outlets, our intelligence agencies have established that his real name is Mohammed Emwazi, who was brought up in West London andattended a Church of England primary school, where, according to CAGE, he was radicalised by evil Christian...

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Perverse incentives. £200 if you marry, more than £7,000 to split up

Mar 1, 2015 by

By Harry Benson, The Conservative Woman: It should be a flagship policy, launched at us with great fanfare and media blitz. Yes, the new Marriage Allowance will finally come into force two months before the end of a five-year government. If you’re eligible, you can now apply. The PM has long been very vocal about his support for marriage. The principle of supporting marriage is right. Our politicians should be shouting about this new policy from the rooftops. But they’re not. That deafening...

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Wesley’s comeback in evangelical colours is grounds for hope

Mar 1, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: It may sound obvious but the 1960s followed the 1950s. Spiritual and moral decisions taken in the aftermath of World War II cannot but have prepared the ground for the social disaster that the 1960s ushered in. The watering down in Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised (1950) of Charles Wesley’s great hymn of the 18th century evangelical revival, Jesu, lover of my soul, often sung in churches during Lent, is a case in point.  The revisers decided to omit...

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Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across Europe – MPs

Mar 1, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Discrimination against Christians is being “ignored” by governments and courts, MPs from across Europe have warned in the wake of a string of cases involving the rights of British workers to wear crosses or discuss their beliefs. The parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe has issued a formal declaration urging states to recognise the principle of “reasonable accommodation” for the beliefs of traditionalist Christians on issues such as homosexuality for the first...

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Four Things You Should Read about ISIS & Christianity

Mar 1, 2015 by

By Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism: ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State, Daesh…whatever you call them and for whatever reason you call them that, their actions are still the same. It’s good to be aware of their ultimate goal. Unless, of course, you believe that the earnest young lads (and lasses) of ISIS are just in search of gainful employment. Gone are the days when we could even pretend to believe that ISIS is like a  JV basketball team compared to the more organized network of Al Qaeda. Months,...

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Malcolm Muggeridge was a serial groper who ’caused much hurt to those close to him’, nie...

Mar 1, 2015 by

David Virtue adds a footnote to this article: I knew Malcolm and Kitty Muggeridge in the late 60s when I met him at an Anglican Retreat Center near Robertsbridge in Sussex. It was at the time of the Czech invasion by the Soviets and a group of young Czech Christians had fled the country to start new lives in England. When we met there was an instant connection. He later invited me to his home where I met Kitty, his wife. They took me – a young man without family who had left his home...

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Lenten Meditations: Sunday 1 March

Mar 1, 2015 by

Psalms: am  24, 29.  pm: 8, 84 OT: Genesis 17: 1-16 Epistle: Romans 8:31-34 Gospel:  Mark 8:31-38 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: As we enter the second week of Lent, we are reminded, that it we set out on this journey seeking to purify our souls, discipline our desires and endeavor to focus on sacrificial service on behalf of Christ to others.  It is a season of grace that calls us to penance and prayer for the purposes of renewal.  While we know this well, at times we are...

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Logic of Dean of St Paul’s Attack on Reform: Canterbury Is Also ‘Sectarian’ on Mar...

Feb 28, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: In calling Reform ‘sectarian’ for believing that sex is only right in heterosexual marriage, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Dr. David Ison, must logically include the Archbishop of Canterbury’s stance in the same negative light. That is because Justin Welby clearly stated at a recent visit to a Church of England school in Birmingham: “Marriage is between one man and one woman for life and sexual activity should be confined...

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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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For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

Feb 28, 2015 by

By  Ed West, Spectator: The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy of the Nazis. None of us can say we didn’t know.’ He linked to a Washington Post article about how the Islamist group had kidnapped at least 200 Assyrian Christians from their homes in north-east Syria, and may well be preparing to murder them. In another tweet he showed a video by Assyriology professor Simo Parpola on the history of the ancient...

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