Why does Hagia Sophia matter?

Sep 1, 2020 by

By Jack Hanrahan-Shirley, 3rd Space: (Hat Tip: David Robertson) On the 24th of July the church of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) again rang to the call to Friday prayer (adhan) from its attached minarets following the decision handed down by the Turkish High Court. Their ruling overturned the 1934 decree of the first President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that turned the mosque into a museum. Many people, particularly within Eastern Orthodox churches, will be outraged and I have seen on social...

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Woke Repentance

Sep 1, 2020 by

by Carl R Trueman, First Things: The Reformers outlined several marks of the church: the preaching of the Word, the administration of the sacraments, and, at times, godly discipline or biblical worship. Today, they would need to add another: constant apologizing to the world. Whether it is saying sorry to the world for the election of Trump, or for racism, or for not being loving to the LGBTQ community, Christians now seem to spend a lot of their time apologizing. One might be forgiven at...

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Atheist intends to criminalise Bible if Scot hate crime Bill is passed

Aug 29, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: An atheist activist has welcomed the Scottish Government’s controversial hate crime Bill as an opportunity to report the Bible and church sermons for so-called hate speech. Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, told The Courier atheists saw “some merit” in the SNP’s Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill “as it will enable the prosecution of all Scotland’s religions and their Holy Books for spreading hatred”. He said: “We fully intend to monitor all Holy...

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Is the Church of England trying to cancel Christianity?

Aug 29, 2020 by

by Ann Bradshaw, The Conservative Woman: Writing in the Telegraph in May, Catherine Pepinster reflected on the state of the church in England during Covid. She felt ‘teary’ watching on TV Italian Catholics going to mass, and considered herself starved of comfort and inspiration because she was unable to gather with other churchgoers and worship God.  She thought there was a risk that if churches did not open soon then they would not open again. Her words gave me pause for thought.  My husband...

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New website launched: RSE Review

Aug 27, 2020 by

RSE Review: Safe RSE lessons for all children, from The Values Foundation. Parents, parliamentarians and community leaders must ensure that RSE lessons protect and prepare children safely. RSE Review: Reviewing RSE provision to ensure lessons are 100% safe for children. Children need to receive well-researched and evidenced RSE lessons that will prepare them for the highly sexualised society in which they will be living as adults.  However, evidence shows that RSE teaching  in some schools has...

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COVID19: The Church in Response

Aug 26, 2020 by

By American Anglican Council: […] We see that our audience is composed primarily of committed Anglicans, many of whom are already returning to Church. On July 8, The Barna Research Group reported that “One in three Practicing Christians has stopped attending Church during COVID-19” (https://www.barna.com/research/new-sunday-morning-part-2/).  According to this Barna Survey, 35% were only attending their pre-COVID19 church, a combined 32% were either watching multiple online worship...

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