Will coronavirus hasten the demise of religion – or herald its revival?

Apr 14, 2020 by

by Luke Coppen, Spectator: On Saturday evening, Christians will prepare for an Easter unlike any other. With every church closed, from St Paul’s Cathedral to the meanest country chapel, Anglican worshippers will be directed to a website where lay leaders, priests and bishops will hold a ‘virtual vigil’ ending at dawn on Easter Sunday. In Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of Catholics in England and Wales, a deacon will sing the great Easter proclamation known as the Exsultet. But this...

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Pray, Trust, Act, and Hope: An Easter Letter

Apr 12, 2020 by

by Michael Stokes Paulsen, Public Discourse: Many of us—most of us, probably—are experiencing spiritual anguish and uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. What follows is a letter I sent to my law students at Pepperdine, where I am visiting this semester. Several had asked “what I thought,” specifically as a Christian (and not just as a law professor) about all this. This was my heartfelt but decidedly non-expert response to the class. I share it here, more or less as it went to my...

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BBC’s religion editor Martin Bashir: Why Christianity is still relevant this Easter

Apr 6, 2020 by

by Thomas Ling, Radio Times: Bashir describes his conversion to Christianity – and why Easter isn’t just about chocolate. If Christmas is now a secular celebration – described by one newspaper as a season marked by “buying, boozing and bonking” – then what do we make of Easter? Is Holy Week more about chocolate eggs than the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ? And since the latest British Social Attitudes survey says that more than half (53 per cent) of the British public now describe...

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Italian doctor pens inspiring letter from COVID-19 trenches: Can’t take anything for granted … all is ‘gift’

Apr 5, 2020 by

by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite: A doctor at the frontlines of Italy’s battle against the coronavirus has written a moving letter about prayer, gratitude, and human solidarity. The letter, first published in Italian on March 18, has begun to be circulated in English.  Dr. Amedeo Capetti, an infectious disease specialist at the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan, wrote to the editor of Il Foglio, a centrist national newspaper, to describe the psychological and spiritual phenomena he is...

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Socially Distancing from Everyone but God

Apr 3, 2020 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC: If God is trying to get people’s attention, a new Pew poll says He’s succeeding. Turns out, the coronavirus hasn’t just impacted people’s lives, it’s led to a growing outbreak of faith. Almost everyone agrees that the pandemic is significantly changing how they act. They don’t feel comfortable in crowds, they avoid parties, and they’re trying to stay away from places like restaurants. But it’s what Americans are doing...

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God’s answer to your fear, worry and anxiety

Apr 2, 2020 by

by Greg Laurie, Christian Post: Worry and anxiety. They’re everywhere right now, and many of you have felt them. I know I have. Certain words and phrases trigger fear, such as “pandemic,” “shelter in place” and “quarantine.” We begin to play the “what if” game. We panic, asking, “What if THIS happens?” or “What if THAT happens?” We have to be concerned and we have to be diligent – the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a real and serious virus – but we don’t have to panic. Did you know that the...

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