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The rise of Paganism
August 2007
Cults and other religions

The rise of Paganism

The rise of Paganismby Jonathan SkinnerFrom teenager books on spells and magic to 'neutral' exercises like yoga and meditation, pagan practices are hitting mainstream.The religious and spiritual outlook of our generation is undergoing seismic shifts undreamt of a few decades ago.British people feel that the church has failed them and yet are becoming spiritually…

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The Muslim’s prayer – Don Haddleton
June 2007
Cults and other religions

The Muslim’s prayer – Don Haddleton

The Muslim's prayerWhile browsing in a second-hand book shop, I came across the following extract from the novel Palace walk.ยน 'He washed in cold water, as he did every morning, summer and winter. Then he returned to his room with renewed vitality and energy. He took the prayer rug ... and spread it out…

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The path to paradise Christ or Muhammad?
January 2007
Cults and other religions

The path to paradise Christ or Muhammad?

The two-part TV programme The Path to 9/11 (BBC 2, 10-11 September 2006) demonstrated clearly enough that the motivation of the Muslim terrorists was purely religious. Contrary to the claims of multiculturalists, therefore, the problem of Islamic terrorism is rooted in the fundamental fallacies of Islam itself. Until these fallacies are seen for what…

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The path to paradise – Christ or Muhammad?
November 2006
Cults and other religions

The path to paradise – Christ or Muhammad?

The BBC2 two-part screening of The Path to 9/11 (10-11 September 2006) was compulsive viewing. It was impossible to miss the purely religious motivation of the Muslim terrorists. Despite the depressing 'PC' discussion that followed on Newsnight, when we again heard that the majority of Muslims reject the violent activities of their more fanatical…

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Scientology
September 2006
Cults and other religions

Scientology

'The fastest growing religious movement on earth' - that is what Scientology claims for itself. It is a staggering claim and there is no firm evidence to substantiate it. However, the official web-site reports that Scientology has 'more than 3,200 churches, missions and groups in 154 countries'.In Great Britain they claim a membership of…

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Catholicism and the Emergent Church
June 2006
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Catholicism and the Emergent Church

'Not since the Jesus Movement of the early 1970s has a Christian phenomenon been so closely entangled with the self-conscious cutting edge of US culture. Frequently urban, disproportionately young, overwhelmingly white, and very new - few have been in existence for more than five years - a growing number of churches are joining the…

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What is the ‘Emerging church’?
May 2006
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What is the ‘Emerging church’?

The Emerging, or Emergent, Church movement has already become a significant part of the evangelical landscape in the USA and is starting to make its presence felt this side of the pond too. In this book Don Carson argues that we, as evangelical Christians, need to become conversant with it.Getting to gripsThis is a…

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Islam today
April 2006
Cults and other religions

Islam today

This article was first published in The Spectator (12 November 2005) under the title 'Will London burn too?' Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, has warned recently of 'sleepwalking our way to segregation'. Although he was not speaking principally about Muslims, they have become perhaps the most dominant minority group in…

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