Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Martin Saunders, thepoachedegg.net: Atheism is cool. At least, that’s the popular perception of a worldview that’s enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. Authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have issued forceful public challenges to the claims of the major faiths and the rights they’ve traditionally been granted, while well-respected and high-profile public figures have lent vocal support to their ideas. When Stephen Fry...

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Rid our consecrations of this protester, supporters of women bishops urge the Church of England

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Campaigners for women’s ordination are calling on the Church of England to silence an objector who has interrupted the last four consecrations of women bishops. Women and the Church has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, outlining why the objector’s protest during the liturgy “undermine the women being consecrated”  – and all women, and therefore the Church as a whole. The organisation wrote: “Such...

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2016 Republican Party Platform Calls for Therapy Rights for Minors and Families

Jul 21, 2016 by

Equality And Justice For All, whose #TherapyEquality campaign has advocated for families and their minor children that experience unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender identity confusion, praised Republicans today as they adopted a National Platform this week in Cleveland, OH that calls for the protection of medical treatment and therapy rights for families, parents, and their minor children. The official Republican Platform document, released on Monday at the National Convention in...

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“Into the darkness of error”: Martin Davie reviews recent ‘pro-change’ books.

Jul 21, 2016 by

 [Editor’s note]: Before the recent General Synod, two collections of essays by Church of England leaders were published which set out revisionist interpretations of sexual ethics: Journeys in Grace and Truth, and Amazing Love. Theologian Martin Davie has produced substantial reviews of these books, published on the Latimer Trust site, which as usual with his work, summarises the arguments and refutes them with clarity and biblical faithfulness. While those advocating change in the Church’s...

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Thinking Christianly about Brexit

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden, CEN: Donald Tusk, the President of the EU recently began a speech: “Citizens of Europe”.  Do such people exist`? The Maastricht Treaty said “Every person holding nationality of a member state shall be a citizen of the Union”. The Amsterdam Treaty added: “Citizenship of the Union shall complement and not replace national citizenship.” Identity  “The Europeanization of Citizenship” a term coined by Fiorella Dell’Olio detaches citizenship from culture, and...

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Zimbabwe: meeting starvation with food and oppression with courage

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Brendan Smith, Evangelicals Now: Two and a half million people in Zimbabwe are in danger of starvation and in dire need of food. Very little is being done or even reported about it. A UK Christian charity, Barnabas Fund, working with the local church, appears to be the one of the few NGOs providing direct food aid in Zimbabwe. Once one of the largest food producers of Africa, Zimbabwe is now rated as the second poorest country in the world by Global Finance Magazine. It has been crippled by...

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Religious Liberty and the Fracturing of Civil Society

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Andrew T Walker, Public Discourse: A humane civil society requires an ecosystem of religious freedom. The first lesson in civics received by most children in America is that America is a great “melting pot,” or perhaps a large patterned quilt sewn together with many unique squares. These images are meant to convey the essence of America’s motto: E pluribus unum (“out of many, one”). American children are also taught that our country came to be thanks to a faithful, dissenting remnant—the...

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Turkey purge: is military coup a lesser evil than Erdoğan’s Islamism?

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Following last week’s military coup – which is never the answer to anything – President Erdoğan is purging Turkey’s civic institutions of every whiff of opposition, dissent, criticism and minor gripe. It is unknown how many schoolteachers and university lecturers were driving tanks and flying F-16s threateningly over the Bosphorus, so 15,200 have been summarily suspended, and 1,577 university deans have been resigned. Teachers, of course, are among the most murderous of...

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Romania moves closer to ruling out possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage

Jul 21, 2016 by

from Reuters: Romania moved a step closer to ruling out the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage on Wednesday when its top court paved the way for a referendum on defining marriage in the constitution as a union strictly between a man and a woman. The nine judges on the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that a proposal signed by 3 million Romanians this year to change the constitution’s definition of marriage was valid. Under Romanian law, the constitution can be changed...

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Arbitration Children Scheme launched

Jul 21, 2016 by

from Family Law: The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has today (18 July 2016) launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme, set to bolster the use of arbitration relating to family disputes. Since its launch in 2012, family law arbitration has been available to deal with financial matters. The new scheme now offers the opportunity to resolve disputes concerning the exercise of parental responsibility and other private law issues about the welfare of children by arbitration....

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