France, Islam and Civil War

May 4, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Is France about to erupt into civil war? It is a fact of history – as well as simple common sense – that no nation can last for long if it is being plagued by major cultural divisions, with leadership unable or unwilling to maintain some sort of set of shared values and beliefs. This especially comes into play when failed policies of multiculturalism and immigration and porous borders allow masses of people into a country that hold to radically different...

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Northern Ireland churches hope relaxing of lockdown will help address “complex” riots

Apr 15, 2021 by

by Joel Forster, Evangelical Focus: Peter Lynas of the Evangelical Alliance UK asks to “pray for youth workers, church leaders and others working behind the scenes to ease tensions and work for peace”. The riots that started at the end of March in Northern Ireland have caused over 80 injured police officers and 18 detentions. The situation at this point is “complex and driven by a number of factors”, Christians in Belfast say. Among Unionists or Loyalists (those who want Northern Ireland to...

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Northern Ireland bishops appeal for calm as violence escalates

Apr 9, 2021 by

By Rebecca Paveley, Church Times: RIOTING in Northern Ireland continued over the Easter weekend and into this week, despite appeals for calm, among them a joint appeal by the Archbishop of Armagh and three other Anglican diocesan bishops in the province, who warned young people not to get involved in actions that they would “regret for the rest of their lives”… …In a joint statement issued on Easter Monday after a weekend of unrest, the four bishops (including Down & Dromore, Derry &...

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Can We Still Reason Together? A Conversation with Robert P. George

Mar 22, 2021 by

By Serena Sigillito and Robert P. George, Public Discourse: Where there is a mutual commitment to truth and truth-seeking, relationships can be built between religious believers and secularists, and they can indeed reason together. The minimum condition is this: interlocutors, however wide and deep their substantive philosophical or other differences, need to share the conviction that business between them is to be conducted in the proper currency of intellectual discourse—namely, reasons,...

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Can there be ‘good disagreement’ in the Church of England?

Mar 15, 2021 by

by Ben John, Christian Concern: The Wilberforce Academy’s Ben John reflects on the recent Jesmond Conference, a conference for Anglicans which aims to ‘stimulate discussion’ on British society through a Biblical lens. The theme of this year’s Jesmond Conference was “Good Disagreement?” in light of the Living in Love and Faith resources published by the Church of England. David Holloway, Vicar at Jesmond Parish Church, gave four short talks detailing different considerations we need to...

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Myanmar nun offers her life to protect protesting civilians

Mar 7, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Unarmed civilians are being arrested, tortured, or summarily shot and killed. Children are being slapped, teenagers beaten with batons, and the elderly maimed with rubber bullets. People have become police punch-bags, kicked into lifelessness. A mother weeps over her son, who has a hole in his head. A father sits and stares at the body of his only daughter. And the children scream, “When will mummy and daddy be back?” But they won’t be coming back. They’re lying in the...

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