‘The last goodbye’?

‘The last goodbye’?

The Rev Canon Dr James Woodward Principal of Sarum College   Consider how we responded to HIV in the late 20th century. We find it hard to engage with those who are different. We fear contagion. It has also taken a long time for us to face the cruel reality of cancer, and to discover […]

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

by David G. Kibble   With the triggering of Article 50 we’re now on the way to independence from Europe. The referendum showed us that we are a divided nation: for and against Brexit, north and south and younger and older. Similar divisions were revealed in the American presidential election. That different people think differently, […]

Bridging the sacred and secular

Bridging the sacred and secular

By the Rev Dr Bob Mayo My day starts at 7am preparing for a funeral and finishes 18 hours later at 1am clearing up after a charity gig in church. Mumford and Sons are headlining a fundraising initiative for the Felix Project [www.thefelixproject.org] and we as the parish church have got caught in the middle […]

Startling growth and decline worldwide

Startling growth and decline worldwide

By David Goodhew, Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham There has been startling growth in the Anglican Communion since 1980. This is the conclusion of new research from an international team of researchers in a new book published by Routledge, [i] Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion, 1980 to the Present. There are now […]

Faith and Fulfilment: Which Way?

Faith and Fulfilment: Which Way?

By Maurice Sinclair   It has been around for quite a while, but now it is becoming clearer and clearer. It is as respectable as any orthodoxy. It is as hard to contradict as any dogma. So what is this global phenomenon that is given such credentials? For some reason it doesn’t have a name; […]

Why conservative evangelicals should be grateful for Rod Thomas

Why conservative evangelicals should be grateful for Rod Thomas

Canon A5 – Of the Doctrine of the Church of England – is very important to conservative evangelicals because of its clear affirmation of the supreme and final authority of the Bible in Christian faith and conduct. So they should prize the gift of their own flying bishop in Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone. The Book of […]

Bad Politics: Good Faith

Bad Politics: Good Faith

  Maurice Sinclair   However else it is remembered, 2016 will certainly stand out as a year of political turbulence. A divisive referendum in the UK has been followed by a divisive presidential election in the US. Justified or not, public disillusion with politicians is widespread. The overall political trends are unmistakable: populism, nationalism, and […]

The science of faith

The science of faith

The debate about science and religion is perennial. But for J Richard Smith, there is no issue. He is not only a leading scientist, but also a committed Christian. And he even argues that science is a source of inspiration for his faith. Born in Scotland, he is renowned all over the world for his […]

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