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December 2017
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Society – Faith in Later Life

A new initiative was launched by five leading Christian charities — Pilgrims’ Friend Society, the Salvation Army, London City Mission, Mission Care and Keychange — on 10 October 2017, in the House of Lords. Focusing on the profound societal consequences of an ageing UK population, Faith in Later Life (FiLL) draws attention to wide-ranging changes needed in our communities for older people to live fulfilled, productive and dignified lives. The initiative aims at informing, equipping and inspiring individual Christians and churches to lead in an area of need that is far too often portrayed as merely an ‘issue’ or ‘problem’. But the attitude towards older...

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November 2017
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Society – ‘Like punching Nazis’

A radical pro-transsexual group has welcomed violence against feminists who voice opposition to transgender rights. A 60-year-old woman, Maria MacLachlan, was punched and kicked in London’s Hyde Park as she met with other concerned feminists to discuss government plans to allow people to legally self-identify their gender. Following widespread outrage at the attack, a spokesman for pro-trans rights, Edinburgh Action for Trans Health, defended the attack by pro-transsexual activists, claiming it was ‘the same as punching Nazis’. According to reports in The Times, Ms MacLachlan had been filming at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, when she was attacked by a ‘tall, male-bodied, hooded figure, wearing...

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November 2017
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Society – Church schools vs. belief

Most British millennials have no faith or religion, a wide-ranging study has claimed. The British Social Attitudes Survey, published in September, revealed 71 per cent of all 18-24 year olds polled said they belonged to ‘no religion’. In the study, 53 per cent claimed they were not religious. Of the remaining 47 per cent, 15 per cent cited the Church of England, 9 per cent Catholic and 17 per cent said they belonged to other Christian denominations. The remainder said they belonged to other religions. The figures were welcomed by the chief executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson, who said it showed a big disconnect...

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November 2017
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Society – The fight against abortion: ‘green shoots of life’ in Sheffield

Can you believe that there have been over one billion abortions worldwide? The latest UK figures, alone, demonstrate that more than one in five pregnancies end in abortion meaning that on average 523 abortions were carried out every day in England and Wales. It is truly shocking, but how do we even begin to respond to this? We must pray. We pray to a God who is omnipotent, who can turn situations round very quickly, if he so chooses. Many of us can take encouragement from events in the recent past. The ‘Iron Curtain’ fell almost overnight, after many people prayed for decades, with suddenly...

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November 2017
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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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November 2017
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Christian Concern comments on the grim realities of abortion

27 October 2017 marks 50 years since abortion in certain circumstances became legal according to British law. While the Abortion Act (1967) currently only allows abortions when the mother or child’s physical or mental health is at risk of permanent damage, the law is rarely honoured, even in its flawed current form, and reports of malpractice in this regard are common. It is important that church leaders and the Christians that make up the membership of local churches equip themselves with the facts surrounding abortion. Christian Concern (CC) desires to facilitate this process and is involved in providing resources and opportunities that aid Christians in...

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November 2017
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50 years of shame

Anniversaries are how we mark out our history. Some are welcome, others are not; some are humdrum, others are special. This year, two are extra special: a 500th and a 50th. Both changed our world. The first ushered in the wonderful gospel freedoms of the Protestant Reformation. The second is the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, which ushered in the hideous practice of legally killing unborn children in England, Scotland and Wales. The story of the Augustinian friar has been retold many times; the slaughter of the defenceless pre-born is a more veiled story. The history of UK abortion law is long but simple....

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October 2017
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Society – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has died at the age of 85. According to the BBC, he served as a priest for more than six decades, having begun in Hampshire in the 1950s. It is reported that he was a personal friend of Pope Francis. He eventually went on to lead the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, often speaking out against birth control and abortion. However, in the late 1990s he was heavily criticised when it emerged he had failed to report a priest later convicted of abusing children. The cardinal became Archbishop of Westminster in 2000, and it is reported that his...

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