Justice and the need to speak about Jesus

Sep 14, 2020 by

by Martin Davie: The argument over the summer about Ofqual’s ill-fated use of an algorithm to help determine this year’s A level results is interesting, among other reasons, because of what it tells about our society’s commitment to justice. If we ask what the argument was about, the answer is that that the issue as stake was how best to ensure that those who had taken A levels got the grades they deserved for the effort they had put into their studies. The reason that Ofqual decided to use an...

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Atheist intends to criminalise Bible if Scot hate crime Bill is passed

Aug 29, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: An atheist activist has welcomed the Scottish Government’s controversial hate crime Bill as an opportunity to report the Bible and church sermons for so-called hate speech. Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, told The Courier atheists saw “some merit” in the SNP’s Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill “as it will enable the prosecution of all Scotland’s religions and their Holy Books for spreading hatred”. He said: “We fully intend to monitor all Holy...

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Study: Over half of churchgoers find Bible ‘challenging’ when reading on their own

Aug 9, 2020 by

by Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post: Over half of Protestant churchgoers have difficulty understanding Scripture when they read it on their own, highlighting the need for communal Bible study, a new report revealed. A new poll from LifeWay Research, in partnership with Explore the Bible, found that 57% of Protestant churchgoers say the Bible is “challenging” when read alone. However, nine in 10 churchgoers agree they can usually understand how a passage of Scripture is relevant to them, and...

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Burning Bibles in Portland and what every American needs to hear

Aug 9, 2020 by

by Jim Denison, Christian Post: Activists burned a stack of Bibles in front of the federal courthouse in Portland Friday night. A statue of Jesus was beheaded recently at a Miami church. A recent faculty survey at Harvard University found that 79.7 percent consider themselves “very liberal” or “liberal”; 18.9 percent say they are “moderate”; only 1.46 percent call themselves “conservative” or “very conservative.” Unsurprisingly, 67 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe...

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Could possession of the Bible become an offence in Scotland?

Aug 6, 2020 by

By Andrew Doyle, Spectator: The new Hate Crime Bill will make criminals of us all. or the Scottish National party, the phrase ‘nanny state’ is not so much a criticism as an aspiration. This is the party that wanted to assign a state guardian to every child born in Scotland through its ‘named person’ scheme, only to be thwarted by the Supreme Court. Under Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership, there have been repeated attempts to regulate the eating and drinking habits of people, including proposed bans...

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Research only confirms the reliability of the Bible

Aug 5, 2020 by

Dr Pieter J Lalleman, Christian Today: The reliability of the Bible remains a disputed issue but it needn’t be. Critical scholars like Bart Ehrman argue that we cannot trust the text of the New Testament because it was not well copied, and because the oldest extant manuscripts are too late. Their views are echoed by lay people without much knowledge of the facts. But is there really such a long gap between when the Bible was written and the earliest copies, and does it matter? Gregory R...

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