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All articles by Kieran Beville

A native of Limerick, Kieran Beville graduated from University College Cork with a BA Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Subsequently he taught English, History, Communications and Media Studies before taking up a post in educational management. With a further Diploma in Christian Studies from Westminster College, Oxford, he completed his theological training in Bryntirion, South Wales. A former Baptist Pastor in Ireland he now works as Irish Field representative for the Slavic Gospel Association (UK). He preaches throughout Ireland and teaches extensively on Biblical Leadership Training Programmes in Central and Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

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July 2014
Cults and other religions

New atheism – new religion

Atheists tend to say their non-belief in God is something that does not need to be defended. Christopher Hitchens has said, ‘I don’t believe in God and I don’t need to justify this, just as I don’t need to give reasons for my non-belief in the tooth fairy’ (God is not great, Atlantic Books;…

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July 2013
Cults and other religions

Aggressive atheism

Recently, I read again the story of the encounter between David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah, and how the champion of the Philistines taunted the people of God. Goliath was arrayed in impressive armour of bronze and heavily armed. But David, who declined to wear the armour of King Saul, approached his…

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World Mission – Changing contours in China

Article

September 2012
China

World Mission – Changing contours in China

World Mission Changing contours in China The church in China is beginning to cast off its chains and is emerging as a powerful force for change. Is this phenomenon likely to transform the communist culture of a repressive regime and create a more open and tolerant society? Article 13 of the Constitution of the…

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Militant secularism (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Militant secularism (2)

Militant secularism (2) What are the aims of secularism? Rightly understood, secularism works for the separation of political and religious institutions, so that government is free from the dominant (or domineering) influence of any particular religion. In other words, secularism asserts that religion should not be privileged by the state when the state enacts…

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Militant secularism (1)

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May 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Militant secularism (1)

Militant secularism (1) The UK Conservative Party co-chairwoman Baroness Warsi (the first female Muslim cabinet minister in parliament) has expressed the view that Britain is under threat from a rising tide of ‘militant secularisation’. She warned that religion is being ‘sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere’.     These sentiments were voiced in…

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Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

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June 2005
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

God has done something extraordinary in Romania. Consider Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oradea near the Hungarian border (Oradea has a population of 230,000; Romania, 23 million). With sacrificial giving from inside and generous help from outside, it has played a crucial role in training pastors and church planting, and has experienced phenomenal growth. Behind…

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Religious freedom in Serbia

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April 2005
Serbia

Religious freedom in Serbia

Evangelical churches have existed in Serbia since the late nineteenth century. Baptists, for example, received legal recognition in 1905, in parts of the country; and, after the formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians in 1918, enjoyed legal recognition. After the Second World War the Communist government treated all those belonging to…

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