The Christian Persecution Complex?

Over on Twitter I had a very interesting discussion yesterday with another blogger who has just moved over to Patheos. No doubt Jame's original question was probably prompted from a tweet that came from my introductory post here on Patheos. His blog is coming from a very different perspective to mine and is called Future Temple.  Here is what we said, oldest posts at the bottom, and as is often the case in these discussions some of our replies to each other get a bit jumbled, but I think you can … [Read more...]

Human rights: a fallacy in an age of secular consumerism?

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"Only the Christian faith believes the myth that human beings are special, we are not just objects" claimed Michael Ramsden today in the online stream of the Global:Church forum.  Ramsden travels widely, and has heard leaders from other parts of the world query if it is time to simply drop the whole concept of "human rights."There are two reasons some are making this suggestion. Firstly, especially to those of no faith, people are not inherently special, and we are increasingly urged to view … [Read more...]

Evangelicals should support a Mormon’s right to be President

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Be careful what you wish for. Many American Evangelicals are no doubt approaching the forthcoming elections with a sense of apprehension. And well they should, but for different reasons than perhaps they realise. I appreciate that I comment as an outsider on goings on in the USA at what I perceive as a time of national madness that comes round every four years (although with midterms, perhaps it never stops!). But, I think that very separation helps me to see things differently, and after all I … [Read more...]

Help iPhone 5 maps find your business or church

This post will encourage you to stop moaning about all the problems with iOS and iPhone 5 maps and instead start doing your bit to help fix Apple Maps and get your church or business listed so people can find you with their iPhone.Millions of people will soon have an iPhone 5. Millions more will upgrade to iOS 6 despite all the coverage about the deficiencies of Apple Maps. The vast majority will not know that there are ways to go on using Google maps (the easiest of which is to simply visit … [Read more...]

iPhone 5 Maps debacle may not be entirely Apple’s fault

In this post I will explain why in part I blame Google, TomTom and Yelp! Apple have a well-earned reputation for introducing things that "just work."   Unfortunately, there is no way of denying it, even for an Apple fan-boy,  this is not one of those occasions.There is no doubt that the Maps app is beautiful, and that it will surely improve, but at least today, as one writer puts it, the icing is great but there are serious issues about the cake!  Just to begin with, however, if you are wo … [Read more...]

Why one of the best things you can do on Twitter is point to other people

Today I discovered a tool that confirmed something I have long suspected. The virtual crowds of people who follow people on Twitter do not overlap as much as you might suspect. As a result one of the most helpful things you can do is help your followers find other people you enjoy reading. Don't assume that even if you have far fewer followers than your personal favourites, everyone following you must "surely" have already heard of them and decided to follow or not. One of my closest friends … [Read more...]

The scandal of 6 million abortions to save the lives of 143 women

In the UK we have a peculiar form of hypocrisy about abortion.  When the law allowing abortion was passed (note to my American readers, this was passed by an act of parliament, not a ruling of unelected  judges)  it was argued that abortion was needed to save the lives of women.  Even the most traditional pro-life Christians would agree that if there is truly a risk to the life of a woman (eg a ruptured ectopic pregnancy) then abortion should be allowed.  Really it should probably not even be cal … [Read more...]

Famous F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton "Does God"

In the UK many public figures are understandably nervous about speaking about God. Blair was famously cut off by Alistair Campbell "we don't do God." It may not seem like much but when Lewis Hamilton said the following in an interview he was risking public mocking: "You have to remain hopeful, you have to believe there is a plan . . . I believe God has a plan for me. I don't know what it is."So, people of any faith should be glad that Hamilton was willing to mention in passing his belief in … [Read more...]

Did Germany just ban being a Jew or Muslim?

A German court has taken aggressive secularism and it's attempts to establish an atheocracy a step further, and we should all be concerned. What happens in a single European country often spreads elsewhere in Europe and even to the USA.  In a case involving a Muslim family who had opted to follow their religion and have their son circumcised, the court ruled that circumcision, " . . even when done properly by a doctor with the permission of the parents, should be considered as bodily harm if it … [Read more...]

The growing divide in British Society over Homosexual Marriage

In the UK today we are increasingly struggling to understand how to accommodate different views on religious beliefs, and sexual practices. There are two quite distinct fault lines that this difficulty shows itself most clearly. The first is over what beliefs should be allowed in a modern society, and whether we should persecute, or in any way devalue someone who disagrees with us. The second is over how much we can allow people’s private beliefs to affect the wider society, and whether one g … [Read more...]


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