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All articles in category Cultural and Ethical

Marriage under attack
May 2003
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Marriage under attack

A new Church of England report, Cohabitation: a Christian reflection, questions whether young people should be 'burdened' with the church's traditional teaching on sex before marriage.The report fears that the Church’s traditional stance has become unrealistic and irrelevant to an increasing number of young worshippers, because society has changed. To retain their allegiance, they…

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Education – Christians under pressure
February 2003
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Education – Christians under pressure

No state school in the UK today - primary or secondary - can be relied upon to promote Christian beliefs or values. Most of these schools will reflect what is called 'pluralism' - the view that we are living in a multifaith society and that our children's education must reflect this fact.That we are…

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September 11 revisited
January 2003
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September 11 revisited

 September 11 revisitedSixteen months ago, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Cente and the Pentagon sent us reeling. This was not only an attack upon the USA, but an evil attempt to destroy the Western way of life - freedom, democracy, trust and aspiration. It was, indeed, an attack on the world. Not only…

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Sport and the Bible
October 2002
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Sport and the Bible

What is sport for? Does it exist to keep participants fit and well? To provide spectators with excitement and escape from hum-drum lives? To provide points of contact with our culture? Or is there more to it than that? Certainly this last year has brought us many exciting sports events and moments: the football…

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A false sense of security
September 2002
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A false sense of security

Last month we began to look at the booklet What about other Religions? by Nicky Gumbel. In this booklet he advocates the ‘wider hope theory’, that is, the idea that many who have never heard of Christ may, if they are sincere, still be saved through him.We continue our analysis by asking what motive…

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What faith is this?
August 2002
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What faith is this?

David Hunt's misrepresentation of God and Calvin and Spurgeon and ... If Dave Hunt is not already familiar to you - after all, he is an internationally best-selling Christian author - he may soon be, if you are Reformed and believe the doctrines of grace. For Hunt's latest book What love is this? Calvinism's…

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Football fever
July 2002
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Football fever

An Evangelical Church in Bristol videod England's recent World Cup match against Sweden, which occurred during a Sunday service, and then invited the local community in to watch it later on a big screen. Other churches have even been cancelling services and inviting people in to watch the football live. John Smith, the UK…

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The secular world-view
July 2002
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The secular world-view

Most would agree that 'secularism' is a ubiquitous feature of our age. But what exactly is it? It is a world-view, I suggest, that says four things. First of all it claims to describe what exists. It is a study of being. It claims to tell us what reality is like - reality concerning…

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Loving our neighbour after 11 September
February 2002
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Loving our neighbour after 11 September

One of the most respected - and beloved - doctors in our small town is from a Muslim background. Then there are the owner of the gas station, a shopkeeper, the lady wearing the hejab who runs the dry-cleaning establishment - and many more. Should we view them differently since 11 September? Are they…

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The hero inside
October 2001
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The hero inside

The advertising industry is often regarded as the lowest form of life on the planet. ‘We may be manipulators, exploiters of your every weakness and cunning cultivators of your every fantasy, but at least you can rely on us to be truthful, decent, legal and honest’. Or so they say.Whether this common perception is…

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Euthanasia – – the real issues
September 2001
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Euthanasia – – the real issues

Much of the current debate about euthanasia takes place on a largely philosophical level. As we weigh the arguments, discussing all the pros and cons in the abstract, we can easily miss the real issues. What are they?PeopleThe debate is about people, not abstractions. It is very easy to be taken up with the…

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Animal rights
September 2001
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Animal rights

A UK drug-testing company at the centre of an intimidation campaign by animal rights activists has been given banking facilities by the Government at the Bank of England.It is understood that Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which carries out cancer and other medical research, will be given a bank account in an unusual move by…

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