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All articles & reviews tagged with culture

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November 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Live not by lies: Is soft totalitarianism coming to the West?

I grew up in the era of the Cold War. From my youngest days I was taught that the West was the bastion of democratic freedom and the Soviet Union the stronghold of oppressive totalitarianism. We knew who the enemy was, and we knew he was across the ocean, behind the Wall. On our…

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October 2020
Articles > Comment

Are we to be shaped by Scripture or culture?

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, says Scripture. It is in the spirit of friendship that this newspaper takes the unhappy step of raising concerns about recent online seminars broadcast by our friends in the Evangelical Movement of Wales. There were a number of seminars aimed at young adults, as part of AberLite,…

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January 2020
Articles > Personal view

Confront the culture but don’t lose the gospel

Without a doubt, there has been a culture war going on in western civilisation for many decades. According to one definition, a culture war is a ‘conflict between social groups and the struggle for dominance of their values, beliefs, and practices’. There was a time when people had respect for authority. Teachers, parents, police…

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November 2019
Articles > Comment

Begging the question

At Ligonier Ministries’ London conference Alistair Begg said many people say they believe in the Bible, but it’s when the Bible confronts the culture of the day that you find out what people really believe. How right he is. And it begs the question – if you’ll pardon the pun – what do you…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

What are we to make of Larry Norman, the controversial pioneer of Christian pop music in the late 1960s and ‘70s? Gregory Alan Thornbury (son of occasional ET contributor John) tells the fascinating story with riveting style and careful accuracy. Unlike other Christian artists, Norman’s extraordinary musical and poetic gifts were lauded by his…

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August 2019
Articles > Guest column

Why ‘same-sex attraction’ may be a misleading term

Like a swift flowing river, progressive culture seems to surge forward, sweeping all with it. Like dead branches, liberal churches are caught up in the stream. Sometimes evangelicals feel battered by the torrent, barely clinging to the bank. We need renewed confidence in the Spirit’s power. GK Chesterton stated ‘a dead thing can go…

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News

August 2018
News > Church news

Church – PCI under fire

Biblical teaching on morality encourages Christians to imitate Jesus Christ even when culture is going a different way, a leading Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) figure has said. The Very Rev. Dr Stafford Carson spoke out in the Belfast Telegraph, following criticism of the Church’s decision about who it allows to be full members.…

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