Why the West is WEIRD

Dec 4, 2019 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Is Christianity responsible for our hyper-individualistic society? Why is the West different? Why did democracy spring from Western nations? Why did science develop in the West? Why did capitalism develop in the West? Why did tolerance begin in the West? Why did the welfare state originate in the West? Western exceptionalism is one of the fiercest battlegrounds of contemporary history. And far from being a purely academic argument, it has immediate repercussions...

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The Strange Death of Mother Nature

Nov 27, 2019 by

by Michael Giffin, Quadrant: Twenty years ago the editor of a journal in a health bureaucracy was confronted with a challenge. The policy officers in primary care decided the term “drowning” was incorrect and attempted to impose what seemed to them a better alternative, “serious immersion”, but the editor refused to co-operate. If that incident ended there, the push keeps pushing. When the meanings of words challenge us, or lead down incorrect paths, progressives invent terms to promote their...

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Where Are the Prophets to Our Church and Culture?

Nov 12, 2019 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Amazing and much-needed prophetic words from the late, great Francis Schaeffer: The good news is this: when the times get the darkest, God will raise up prophets to confront the situation, speak to his people, and declare much-needed truth. But the bad news is this: these prophets are invariably rejected. When they are the most needed, they are often the least heeded. Simply read the Old Testament to see this happening time and time again. The same when...

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Most Brits don’t believe the Bible is relevant to their own lives

Nov 6, 2019 by

from Christian Today: A new study by the Bible Society has found that only a minority of Brits see the Bible as relevant to their own lives. In the survey of nearly 20,000 adults, only 18% said that the Bible was “relevant to them personally”. This was despite 40% of those surveyed saying that they were Christian. Over half (52%) of the respondents agreed that it was important to know the Bible because it has shaped British culture, and a majority (61%) said that it was good for...

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The Woke Gospel According to Theos

Nov 6, 2019 by

by Will Jones, Rebel Priest: Christian Today recently carried an interview with Ben Ryan, Head of Research at Christian think tank Theos. Ryan is author of How the West Was Lost: Decline of a Myth & the Search for New Stories. It was an enlightening interview insofar as it set out what we can presumably take to be Theos’s views on some of the big questions of the day. It was also disappointing as it made clear the scale of Theos’s lack of ambition and how far the ecumenical think tank has...

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Why I love India – Reflections of an Indian Christian

Nov 5, 2019 by

by Vinay Samuel, Church of England Newspaper: Let me begin with some images of how Indians show their love for India and their pride in it.  A comedy show of Indian immigrants in Britain was titled “Goodness Gracious Me”.  One popular episode picked up the theme of pride in India.  An uncle of the young couple of British Indians (they were born and raised in England) would claim everything good in England is Indian.  The Queen of England was Indian “because her married children lived in the...

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