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March 2020
Articles > News > Ethics > Society

Government urged not to bring Down’s abortions into NI law

More than 1,400 people with Down’s syndrome and their families have called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to introduce abortions up to birth for Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland (NI). A letter from 1,413 signatories has urged Mr Johnson to clarify that disability-selective abortion for Down’s syndrome will not be introduced to…

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March 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Don’t trust your memory

We moved from North Wales when I was seven years old. But my memories of life there are very vivid. Plodding to school through the snow during the winter of 1963. Climbing the oak tree in the fields behind our home. Playing the third king (‘myrrh I bring’) in a nativity play and refusing,…

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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The gospel of Greta

Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the…

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March 2020
Articles > Guest column

Hearts that need stirring

Not long after my wife and I were married, we moved to Cornwall and the house we rented had a great open fire. I soon realised there was an art to building a fire that lasts with the right materials. It is important to put the coal, kindling, scrunched paper, and logs in good…

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March 2020
Articles > Comment

Have environmental instincts, but beware of another gospel

In this edition of Evangelical Times, Alan Thomas has some strong things to say about ‘The gospel of Greta’ (p.21). He is surely right to highlight the dangers of presenting anyone other than Christ as a messiah figure. And he is also surely right to say that we as evangelicals should have ‘environmental instincts’…

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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What can evangelicals expect from Boris’s new government?

The dust has settled on the general election. Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won with a substantially increased majority. His Brexit deal was passed and – while we can expect more Brexit battles in the months and years ahead (oh, what joy) – the government can get on with other issues on its agenda. So,…

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Historical

March 2020
Articles > Historical

SASRA ‘peace2020’ initiative:Witnessing near the front line

Our second excerpts from the book, SASRA in the Second World War, follow some of the Scripture Readers who accompanied the Army and RAF overseas. Twelve went to France in 1940 with the British Expeditionary Force: There is no doubt as to the responsiveness of the men as there is equally no doubt concerning…

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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Antinatalism: are humans a plague?

According to the popular naturalist and TV presenter, Sir David Attenborough, ‘Humans are a plague on the earth… If we disappeared overnight the world would probably be better off.’ Attenborough has advocated limiting population growth and decries the ‘frightening explosion’ in human numbers. Although such views are not new, they have been given new…

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March 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Faithfulness in the little things where we are called

Henry had a derelict father who distracted himself with fishing and hunting. Lazy and irresponsible, he sent young Henry off to boarding school, left him to be taken in by the headmaster, and came to sign his letters ‘Uncle’ instead of ‘Father’. And yet for Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), who would grow up to…

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March 2020
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

An interview with Ken Ham

Ken Ham is the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, an apologetics ministry specialising in the defence of biblical creationism. How did Answers in Genesis begin? Its origin begins with my parents. My father was a believer and a schoolteacher in Queensland, Australia. He was aware of liberal trends within the church and…

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