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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christians debate vaccines’ abortion links

Ought Christians to have a Covid vaccine or not? A live and lively debate has been prompted, not by wild anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, but by concerns over abortion. Serious minded evangelicals are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians hold that receiving the vaccine means being complicit in the genocide of the unborn.…

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March 2021
Articles > Biblical/theological > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Qualifications There are scenarios in which there is a convincing case for churches not gathering, for example because of the severity of the health risk if they do gather or because of the vulnerability of a particular congregation as a whole. There are individuals who should not gather because doing so would be recklessly…

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March 2021
News > Church news

Judge gives go ahead for Scottish churches to challenge closure

A judge has granted permission for a group of 27 church leaders to challenge the Scottish government’s ban on gathered worship. Ruling that the case has merit, a hearing has been ordered to take place remotely on 11 and 12 March. It could result in churches being allowed to reopen. Supported by the Christian…

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February 2021
News > Religious liberty

Local councils in England accused of ‘pressuring’ churches to close

Several local councils in England wrote to churches last month urging them to close during the lockdown, even though the law allows them to remain open. When the lockdown in England was announced, the Prime Minister made it clear that people could leave their homes for ‘communal worship’ at a church. But a letter…

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January 2021
News > International

Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports. Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown. While she was…

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January 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court blocks limits on worshipers in New York State

The US Supreme Court has ruled against the imposition of ‘severe restrictions’ on public worship in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo wanted to limit the number of worshippers to as few as ten people in the worst affected regions of the State. But in a 5-4 majority verdict, the court…

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January 2021
News > Ethics

Consultation on allowing DIY abortions in England

The government has launched a public consultation on whether to allow women and girls in England to take abortion pills at home. A medical abortion requires two pills to be taken. Until recently, the first pill for a medical abortion had to be taken in a hospital or clinic, and only the second pill…

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