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All articles by Rod Badams

Rod Badams is retiring on 11 November after 13 years as administrator of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He previously worked for Christians at Work for 22 years, after 11 years in journalism.

In his FIEC role, Rod was best known for his contributions to evangelical perspectives on current social issues, and for the advice
and information he gave to churches on a wide range of practical subjects with legal or regulatory implications.

In retirement, he will continue as editor of Affinity’s online social issues publication The Bulletin, and in his recent
appointment as a trustee of the Christian Institute.

Article

October 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

When authorities conflict: The separation of church and state

The author, who is here responding to recent articles by Paul Yeulett and Mark Richards, wishes to emphasise he is writing in a personal capacity. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis has been a tragedy for human society. National economies have been shattered; the familiar pattern of everyday life of only a few months ago is…

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August 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Controversial questions in the 2021 Census

Controversial questions on gender identity and sexual orientation are to be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales. These questions will differ from most of the census questions, in that both will be voluntary and only asked of respondents aged 16 or over. The only other voluntary question in the census will…

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News

April 2018
News > Society

Society – Britain ditching marriage

Marriage is less popular in England and Wales than at any time since records began in 1862, as statistics reflect the sad story of what is happening within our nation. Statistics for opposite-sex marriages in 2015, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 28 February 2018, show that only 2.17 per cent…

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May 2017
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Society – Marriage trends in England and Wales

Marriage statistics for 2014 — the first year in which same-sex couples could marry in Britain — have defied expectations. The figures for 2013, the last year in which all marriages involved opposite-sex couples, sounded further alarm bells about attitudes to marriage in Britain. In that year, only 240,854 couples were married in England…

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Scottish census

News

December 2013
News

Scottish census

  Christianity is in steep decline in Scotland, and the proportion of its population professing to be Christian is well below the equivalent figure for England and Wales. In 2001, 65.2 per cent of the country’s 5,062,000 people claimed to be Christian. Ten years later, this proportion has dropped to 53.8 per cent of…

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London surprise

News

September 2013
News

London surprise

Church attendance in London is significantly on the rise, bucking the trend of a steady decline in churchgoing across the nation over the past 30 years. While England has lost 2.2 million churchgoers since 1979, London attendances rose by 98,500 to 721,500 between 2005 and 2012 — an increase of 16 per cent. The…

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News

July 2013
News

Farewell to faith

The future pattern of religion in England and Wales is starkly set out in new figures from the 2011 census, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May. These latest statistics (see p. 4) describe a religious demography increasingly different from the traditional pattern of nominal Christianity which had characterised twentieth century…

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