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Getting a real understanding of multiculturalism

Getting a real understanding of multiculturalism

Both the abused young girls in Rotherham and the ‘Trojan horse’ affair in Birmingham reveal defects in popular ideas of multiculturalism. Properly understood, multiculturalism means respect for different cultures and…

Ending the London Establishment

Ending the London Establishment

You now know the outcome of this momentous Scottish Referendum. Whatever it is, something like 45 per cent or more of the Scottish people will have rejected the English Establishment.…

The battle for the soul of the Church

The battle for the soul of the Church

As the dust settles people are beginning to realise that more was at stake in the debate over women bishops than breaking the church’s glass ceiling? According to Linda Woodhead,…

Christians under fire

Christians under fire

The Christians being attacked in Northern Iraq are ‘too Christian’ to excite the Left and ‘too foreign’ to interest the Right. So said Régis Debray. Church leaders have challenged the…

Ashya: a story that can have no good outcome

Ashya: a story that can have no good outcome

I have a new resolution at the beginning of this school year: that I will no longer cravenly seek permission for my children’s absences from school for their music exams…

The inspiration of the Bible in times of war

The inspiration of the Bible in times of war

WW1 case studies: Pte George Sinclair. The Rev Nigel Sinclair shares his memories with Hazel Southam   When the Rev Nigel Sinclair was a small boy he used to get…

Responding to the jihadist threat

Responding to the jihadist threat

Thank God for Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, who has written to David Cameron to accuse him and his government of doing nothing to help Christians in Iraq who are…

A model relationship we should follow

A model relationship we should follow

I am one of those people who had barely heard of Vicky Beeching until she ‘came out’ as a lesbian recently. But I have heard a couple of her Thoughts…

Is criticism of Israel really anti-Semitic?

Is criticism of Israel really anti-Semitic?

In a recent column for this newspaper, Andrew Carey criticised activists who seek to hold Israel to account for its actions in Gaza and elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territories…

Mission with a heart for the needy

Mission with a heart for the needy

For centuries the church has been at the heart of communities up and down the country. Whether that’s been as a weekly place of worship, a place of sanctuary for…

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