New chief chaplain at Harvard is an atheist

Aug 28, 2021 by

by Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner: Harvard University’s new chief chaplain is an atheist. Greg Epstein, the 44-year-old author of the book Good Without God, was unanimously elected to the top role by his peers and will begin working this week, according to the New York Times. “There is a rising group of people who no longer identify with any religious tradition but still experience a real need for conversation and support around what it means to be a good human and live an ethical...

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Can the Church ever reach young people again?

Aug 26, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Amongst the rather depressing statistics about decline in attendance at Church of England services, one that stands out is the plummeting of engagement with young people. Jimmy Dale is the Church of England’s National Youth Evangelism Officer, and I had the chance to ask him about the current situation—how we got here, and whether anything might change in the future. IP: How did you come to faith? And how did you end up working in the area of youth evangelism? JD: I was...

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C of E admits to failings over allegations against priest who took his own life

Aug 26, 2021 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: The Church of England has admitted it made mistakes in its handling of unsubstantiated allegations of child abuse against a former Anglican priest who took his own life. The C of E expressed “deep regret and sorrow” over Father Alan Griffin’s death and said it took responsibility for failings that “led to unreasonable pressures” on him. Lambeth Palace, the headquarters of the archbishop of Canterbury, and the diocese of London were responding to a highly critical...

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The West has lost its virtue

Aug 22, 2021 by

by Paul Kingsnorth, UnHerd: A century ago, as the Great War raged, Oswald Spengler wrote that “Western mankind, without exception, is under the influence of an immense optical illusion.” The Decline of the West, Spengler’s grand, ambitious, poetic theory of Western downfall — well underway, in his telling, by the time he began writing — has had its followers, detractors and imitators ever since. It has also, in recent years, had something of a renaissance. Decline is in the air, mingling with...

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AUSTRALIAN EVANGELICALS: NEW ANGLICAN HOME

Aug 19, 2021 by

GAFCON Australia is planning a new Diocese for Anglicans who feel they have to leave their existing denominational home. Chris Sugden Richard Condie In November 2020 the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia (ACA) found no canonical objection to the Diocese of Wangaratta continuing services of blessing for same-sex unions. It used similar reasoning as the Church of England project Living in Love and Faith (LLF) – that theologians are divided over what Scripture says, and that...

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A Christian vision for being English

Aug 17, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: In an article entitled ‘Courageous and compassionate. In search of the English’ which was published in the Daily Telegraph on 7 August, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, sets out what he calls ‘an expansive vision of what it means to be English as part of the UK.’ His vision for the future is for a ‘a more developed and strengthened regional government within England’  and for  English identity to be understood in terms of being part of ‘a courageous and compassionate...

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