The Early Church Thrived Amid Secularism and Shows How We Can, Too

Oct 23, 2019 by

by Gerald Sittser, Christianity Today: The pre-Christendom church managed to avoid both isolationism and accommodationism. Their model gives us a map for post-Christendom challenges. […] How did early Christians start and sustain a movement over such a long period of time (some 250 years) before Christendom began to emerge? How did the church maintain a steady rate of growth under such difficult circumstances? How did Christian leaders make disciples without the religious benefits and...

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The gloves are off!

Oct 23, 2019 by

By Lynda Rose, Voice for Justice: Birmingham city council has applied to the court to have its injunction banning parental protests outside Anderton Park Primary School made permanent.  In other words, they want a permanent exclusion zone round Anderton where parents will be forbidden to gather – to protest, criticise staff or hand out leaflets (see Guardian report here).  We await the judgment. Anderton is situated in a predominantly Muslim area and, unsurprisingly, has mainly Muslim pupils. ...

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Divorce in the Anglican family: A Look Back at the Break-Up

Oct 23, 2019 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: In September 2019, Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, shared some reflections with clergy and laity in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on the state of the Anglican Communion. “I am saying ‘Anglican family’ rather than ‘Anglican Communion’ because we’re a very fractured communion but we’re still family – like so many families, quarreling till the cows come home,” he said…. There is uncertainty, division, a measure of suspicion still...

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How Romanticism Encouraged the Decline of Marriage

Oct 23, 2019 by

by John Strickland, Intellectual Takeout: This year a Pew report on “Love and Marriage in America” stated an obvious fact: The institution of marriage in our society is continuing its slide toward cultural obsolescence. Only half of adults continue to bother with marriage, while a significant minority prefer the unconstrained alternative of cohabitation. This last category is up nearly 30 percent from a decade ago. Of those who choose marriage, half will end in divorce. The statistics speak...

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Fertility, Faith, and a Secular America?

Oct 23, 2019 by

by Philip Jenkins, The Gospel Coalition: This past year, fertility rates in the United States fell to a historic low, with the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) standing at 1.7 (that statistic refers to the number of children a typical woman will bear during her lifetime)… …Present demographic trends in the United States are the best indicator yet of an impending secular shift of historic proportions, even a transition to West European conditions… …That European precedent demands our...

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Witness which omits the inconvenient truth

Oct 22, 2019 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Religion is increasingly irrelevant for many people, but the Church still has opportunities to engage with large audiences outside its walls. Are those who speak for it making the best use of these openings? Sociologists of religion tell us that ‘secularisation’ does not tell the whole story as far as the decline of organised religion in Western culture is concerned. Yes there is a downturn in churchgoing and belief in the Christian God, but a rise in...

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Norway’s Barnevernet and The Future of Parental Rights

Oct 22, 2019 by

by Robert Clarke, Public Discourse: Those who undermine the family attack the foundation of our societies and the source of great richness and diversity. The most generous interpretation of these attacks is that some of the policies, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, are well-intentioned, but misguided. Yet we must also be on guard for those for whom the temptation of power affords the opportunity to force their utopian vision on a future generation by sidelining parents and,...

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Why Chick-fil-A is NOT anti-gay

Oct 22, 2019 by

by Tom Creedy, Premier Christianity: The Christian owned Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to close, following a backlash over its owner’s stance on gay marriage. Tom Creedy explains why he believes the chain is not “anti gay” As a chicken fan, I was sad to miss the opening of the UK’s first Chick-fil-A earlier this month. But it seems the people of Reading won’t have long to sample the American chain’s tasty delights, as its been announced the restaurant will soon...

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Regular church attendance aids mental health among millennials

Oct 22, 2019 by

By Heather Preston, Premier: A new study has revealed that young adults who regularly attend church have better mental health than those who don’t. A survey conducted by the Barna Group of 15,000 18-35 year olds found that those who weekly attended a place of worship were 10% less likely to struggle with anxiety than those who did not. The Connected Generation study, examined the relationship between faith and mental health in millennials and generation Z across 25 different countries....

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Northern Ireland’s abortion law change is a travesty for devolution

Oct 22, 2019 by

by Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: Short of a miracle, abortion will become legal in Northern Ireland tomorrow [21 October]. It’s a result of a shabby legislative deal back in July, when English parliamentarians amended the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) bill, to override the entire principle of devolution. In other words, the abortion laws of the north of Ireland will be annulled at the say-so of the Westminster parliament and – without a single vote in its assembly or any...

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