Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

Sep 21, 2020 by

by Sam Leith, Spectator: Is secularism Christianity by other means? In this week’s Book Club, my guest is the historian Tom Holland, author of the new book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. The book, though as Tom remarks, you might not know it from the cover, is essentially a history of Christianity — and an account of the myriad ways, many of them invisible to us, that it has shaped and continues to shape Western culture. It’s a book and an argument that takes us from...

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Elton John’s story reveals why many seek out help

Aug 27, 2020 by

By Peter May, Church of England Newspaper: In his autobiography, “Me” (Macmillan, 2019),to be published In paperback this autumn Elton John describes vividly the traumas and chaos of his personal life. His story is very relevant to the current debate about “Conversion therapy” in which he plays a significant part. Born in 1947, his father was a flight lieutenant in the RAF and often away from home. He writes very negatively about him. His father saw emotion as a weakness. He never expressed...

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A thin gruel for the soul

Aug 12, 2020 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: The following is a review by the Rev. Canon Phil Ashey of the book, What Do Anglicans Believe? (Anglican Consultative Council, 2020): The great Christian philosopher and theologian, Dallas Willard, once wrote that every compelling and coherent worldview must address four questions: ·      What is reality? ·      What is the good life? ·      What is a good person? ·      How does one become a good person? Christianity, including the Anglican way of following Jesus,...

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The Gathering Storm in the Church

Aug 7, 2020 by

by R Albert Mohler: By the end of the twentieth century, the impact of theological liberalism was seen in almost every denomination. The demands for an updated theology and morality—for Christianity to be redefined for a secular age—were reshaping seminaries, congregations, Christian schools, and denominations. Most of the old mainline denominations had capitulated by the 1970s. Tellingly, even as the prophets of theological liberalism had promised that liberalism would save their churches, it...

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‘Pregnancy and abortion’ – review of a new resource

Jul 12, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: If every abortion constitutes the deliberate killing of a tiny human life, then this is a terrible evil and a stain on our society comparable to the slave trade and the holocaust. If we defend abortion on the grounds of ‘women’s reproductive rights’, or perhaps by arguing that the foetus/embryo is not really a person, then we open the door to serious philosophical problems. Why should an adult’s decision about what is convenient (the main reason for most...

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On not leaving the car in pieces on the garage floor – a review of John Barton’s A History of the Bible

Jul 8, 2020 by

by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian: […] The chorus of praise that A History of the Bible has received, together with the academic prestige of  its author, means that it is likely to become a standard text to which those who want to know about the Bible and its interpretation will be automatically referred… …Barton’s approach to the Bible is one that has been put forward, in outline if not in detail, by a succession of liberal Anglican theologians since the middle of the...

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