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All articles by Sharon James

Sharon James is the author of a number of books, and has spoken in conferences in many parts of the world. She studied history at Cambridge University, theology at Toronto Baptist Seminary, and has a doctorate from the University of Wales. Sharon works for the Christian Institute.
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February 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What is the transgender agenda?

No one can ignore the current demands for ‘transsexual rights’. Both the UK and Scottish governments are considering proposals to make ‘changing sex’ as easy as buying a TV licence. Our instinctive reaction may be to assume that the demand for ‘transsexual (or transgender) rights’ is mainly about protecting a tiny minority of troubled people from unfair discrimination. But, in reality, the underlying ideology of ‘gender identity’ is toxic. Ultimately, it aims to legally eliminate male and female sex distinctions. This ideology is now promoted in primary schools. The Gender Fairy, a story written for four-year-olds, says: ‘Only you know whether you are a boy...

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November 2017
News > Ethics > Society

The Christian Institute comments on a shameful anniversary

On 27 October 1967, the Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. For 50 years, it has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland to kill an unborn child in the womb. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was formed in 1966 to campaign against the Act, followed by LIFE in 1970. A few individual evangelicals joined these groups, but evangelicals, generally speaking, were silent. Why? In 1989, the respected Reformed leader, Geoff Thomas, then pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, said: ‘In 1973 I preached a sermon on abortion … six years after the Abortion Bill had become law. Why had...

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Coping with anxiety

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December 2008
Evangelistic

Coping with anxiety

Coping with anxiety According to a government survey, more than 10% of the population suffer from neurotic anxiety disorders. More than eighty million prescriptions for tranquillisers and antidepressants were dispensed a decade ago  - and the number has been rising since then. Some 60% of employees apparently suffer from feelings of insecurity and anxiety. What…

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A tale of two Women

Historical

December 2006
Articles > Historical

A tale of two Women

Both women lived in the eighteenth century. Both were highly gifted. Both had marriages arranged for them at a young age. But there the resemblance ends.Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), was acclaimed for her beauty, style, wit, intelligence and strength of character. One of the top ten celebrities in the nation, she was…

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Happy or haggard?

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December 2005
Evangelistic

Happy or haggard?

Our culture pushes us to get more - the Bible prompts us to give more. Our society makes a virtue of self-fulfilment - the Bible makes a virtue of self-denial. 'Say yes' to what you want, advise the adverts. 'Say no' to what you covet, says Jesus.Alarming numbers of people in Britain are in…

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Coping with anxiety

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December 2004
Evangelistic

Coping with anxiety

According to a recent UK government survey, more than 10% of the population suffer from neurotic anxiety disorders. Eighty million prescriptions for tranquillisers and antidepressants were dispensed in 1994 - and the number has risen rapidly since then. Some 60% of employees apparently suffer from feelings of insecurity and anxiety. What is the cause?…

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Anne Steele

Historical

January 2004
Articles > Historical

Anne Steele

Trusting God 'in trouble and in joy'Since childhood, I have often sung hymns composed by Anne Steele - hymns such as 'Father of mercies, In thy Word' and 'Father what'er of earthly bliss'. I knew only that she was an eighteenth-century Baptist hymn-writer, who suffered a good deal of ill health. When I came…

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