A couple of weeks ago I was in a conversation with a BBC producer discussing faith schools and their admissions policies. We talked about the possibility of my appearance on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live to debate the subject. In the end it didn’t… Read More ›
Canon Andrew White: Here our people have nothing, yet the presence of Jesus is so real
Just before the end of July I was talking to a friend about my month off from blogging in August. Having mentioned that there is usually little news worth talking about over the summer, he made the comment that I’d… Read More ›
The Unbelievers – Richard Dawkins’ new film makes me want to believe in God
I have a guilty secret – I actually quite like Richard Dawkins. It’s always good entertainment watching someone who is so eminent in his scientific field, continually putting his credibility on the line by taking on religion despite his limited… Read More ›
Are smears and misinformation the best secularists have to offer?
Since I wrote a few days ago on the now notorious Cameron/’Christian country’ bashing letter by 55 secularists last Monday, there have continued to be a few notable responses. Justin Welby’s has possibly been both the most amusing and cutting: ‘Judging by the… Read More ›
It’s arrogant secularists rather than David Cameron who are fostering division
A couple of weeks ago when this was the first British site to report David Cameron’s 10 Downing St. Easter Reception speech, I started with these words: ‘David Cameron rarely wins plaudits when he mentions his own Christian faith. Secularists think… Read More ›
Easter break and a reflection on the message of the cross
The time has come for God and Politics to have its annual Easter break. Things will be quiet here for a couple of weeks allowing for a guest post that’s on its way. Thank you again for taking the time to stop… Read More ›
“It absolutely blew me away” – the power of prayer spaces in schools
Regular readers of this blog will know that I work in an education establishment and over the last few years since qualifying as a teacher I’ve seen time for anything other than academic work squeezed out bit by bit. My… Read More ›
Is a muscular defence of our national Judaeo-Christian heritage needed?
Another week goes by and a few more political types have decided to give their opinion on the state of Christianity in our country. It certainly is reassuring to know that if by chance the Archbishop of Canterbury misses his… Read More ›
Cultural religion may be declining but atheism is not filling its shoes
At the end of last week the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, Aaqil Ahmed gave a damning appraisal of the current state of religious understanding in Britain. ‘The public has such “poor religious literacy” that a modern audience would be baffled… Read More ›
Christian groups supporting schools: Secularists see exploitation where schools see a service
Today’s post is an immediate response by Danny Webster to an inflammatory report released today by the National Secular Society attacking the work of Christian groups who offer their services to schools. Danny blogs at the curiously entitled Broken Cameras and Gustav Klimt… Read More ›
The difference between good and bad secularism – a challenge to secularists
Watching the news of President Morsi’s demise from power in Egypt over the last few weeks has been a reminder of the inherent dangers of allowing a religious fundamentalist regime to take control of a country. Morsi and his Muslim… Read More ›
Can anyone seriously think that faith schools are a form of child abuse?
Oh dear. The British Humanist Association (BHA) have been attempting to stir up trouble again. Given that they employ someone full-time to run campaigns against faith schools, it’s not surprising that they’ve managed to find another way to try to cause mischief…. Read More ›
Census 2011: Atheists vs Christians and what the numbers don’t tell us
Being something of a maths geek, I rather enjoyed watching all the number crunching happening on Tuesday as the results of the 2011 census came out. There was plenty to get your teeth into, but a few days on, most… Read More ›
Are the Scouts really in need of a Godless Promise?
Today’s announcement coming from the chief executive of the Scout Association came as a bit of a surprise to me. Having explained back in April that they had no intention of changing the Scout Promise by removing the ‘God’ bit… Read More ›
Being a Christian doesn’t make me stupid
Not so long ago being in a position of public leadership and also a professing Christian was seen as a virtue and nothing to be ashamed of. Margaret Thatcher may not have been everyone’s favourite politician (to put it mildly),… Read More ›
Is it really ‘McCarthyite’ to ask teachers at Catholic schools to make a declaration of faith?
Not long after I started out as a full-time youth worker I visited my local school and innocently asked the Head of RE if they were a Christian.The reaction I received was probably about the same as if I’d asked her… Read More ›
This week’s news and links – something for everyone (hopefully)
I’ve managed to find a bit of time over the last week to trawl the internet looking for interesting tidbits to read. I’ve found a few, but there’s no overarching theme this time round, although looking over them they do… Read More ›
National Secular Society finds that Scouts do keep their promises
Oh dear. The National Secular Society (NSS) has been on the warpath again and this time they’ve decided to try to pick a fight with Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, something that most mortals would deem to be foolishness, given the type of exploits… Read More ›
Has the Church become a doormat to the temple of secularism?
This post is by Graham Goldsmith, a regular contributor to this site: ‘Awake O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ (Ephesians 5;14) In 2007 I read the now very well known book. ‘The God… Read More ›