2017 on Christian Today: A year of triumphs and tragedies

Dec 31, 2017 by

from Christian Today:

It’s been a momentous year. As well as the usual views and reviews, these are some of the news stories covered by Christian Today during 2017.


Donald Trump was inaugurated after a bitter and bewildering election campaign. Evangelical luminaries including Paula White and Franklin Graham took part in the ceremony, despite protests against the latter’s inclusion because of his well-known views on Muslims and gay people. One of Trump’s first acts was to attempt to ban Muslims from the US; the courts overruled him and the issue is ongoing.

In other news, the Provost of St Mary’s, Glasgow, Kelvin Holdsworth, held a service which included a reading in Arabic denying the divinity of Christ. Jill Saward, a much-loved and respected campaigner for sexual assault victims after her own traumatic experience, died suddenly.


Evangelicals in the US scored their first big win with the nomination of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Traditionalist bishop Philip North was appointed to the diocese of Sheffield. There is an outcry among supporters of women priests and he is ultimately forced to step down, casting an unflattering light both on the Church of England’s episcopal selection procedures and its vulnerability to pressure groups.

John Smyth, an evangelical leader associated with the Iwerne camps for public school pupils, was revealed to have been a sadistic abuser. Among his victims was the future Bishop of Guildford.

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