Does democracy need Christianity?

Apr 16, 2021 by

by Michael Kirke, MercatorNet: The world before Christ was a savage place. Ancient civilisations were cruel and unforgiving. In this world, despite the benign and wise voices of people like Akhenaten, Zoroaster, Socrates, Cicero and others, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome placed very little value on human life. Tom Holland’s Dominion and Professor Mary Beard’s S.P.Q.R. – to name but two relatively recent depictions of that world – illustrate the great divide between the values of BC and AD. But...

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Is Wokeness the Greatest Threat to the Gospel?

Apr 9, 2021 by

by Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition: A few weeks ago, Tommy Nelson, pastor of Denton Bible Church, in promoting an upcoming conference said that “wokeness” is “the most insidious and dangerous and pervasive ideology I have ever seen in all of my life.” Naturally, social media platforms erupted in commentary. Some wondered how someone in ministry for fifty years could believe today’s threat from the left to be more serious than all of the subtle and overt expressions of white supremacy during...

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Churches draw up religious studies syllabus for Christian students as part of Pakistan’s new national curriculum

Apr 7, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund: Churches in Muslim-majority Pakistan are drawing up a programme of Christian religious studies for inclusion in the government’s new single national curriculum. The syllabus is designed to be taught to Christian students as an alternative to the compulsory subject of Islamiat (Islamic studies). Although Islamiat has been and will remain compulsory in all schools under the new National Education Policy (NEP) due to be introduced in August, for many years Christian students...

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How God created the West

Apr 2, 2021 by

by Ed West, UnHerd: […]  Like with many things, it is only now that we are losing Christianity that we are starting to appreciate its importance. This century began with the New Atheism, an overtly anti-religious movement spurred by the events of September 11; an array of books in the 2000s made the argument that “religion poisons everything”, in the words of Christopher Hitchens. They won, which was largely why New Atheism disappeared. As America moves past the 400th anniversary of its...

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How God created the West

Apr 2, 2021 by

By Ed West, unherd: […] Like with many things, it is only now that we are losing Christianity that we are starting to appreciate its importance. This century began with the New Atheism, an overtly anti-religious movement spurred by the events of September 11; an array of books in the 2000s made the argument that “religion poisons everything”, in the words of Christopher Hitchens. They won, which was largely why New Atheism disappeared. As America moves past the 400th anniversary of its...

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Bishop challenges the BBC on its religious broadcasting

Apr 1, 2021 by

from Christian Today: A Church of England bishop has called on the BBC to be more imaginative in its religious broadcasting. The Bishop of Ripon, Helen-Ann Hartley, has called on the BBC to go beyond “preaching to the converted”, to producing documentaries and dramas that challenge and inform people’s world views. Writing in the Easter edition of Radio Times, Bishop Hartley notes that the BBC is promising “more content than ever before” and that this includes the...

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