The shocking truth about Anglican evangelicals

The shocking truth about Anglican evangelicals

If you follow some secular media coverage of the Church of England, you might well be under the impression that its evangelical wing contained many who are divisive, homophobic and relentlessly negative. The truth is inevitably somewhat more complex. I have just spent 24 hours attending parts of a major gathering of more than 400 Anglican evangelical church leaders representing well over 200 churches. Canterbury CathedralReuters The ReNew conference brought together some diverse views, ranging from those who remain committed to the Church of England to those who have left it for various reasons and linked up with the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) under GAFCON, the international conservative grouping. And it covered a whole variety of topics, from the current state of the denomination to outreach, inter-faith issues and the atonement. One thing I can tell you for sure is that they...Read more
Religious education: ‘Lottery’ for pupils as schools are failing, says new report

Religious education: ‘Lottery’ for pupils as schools are failing, says new report

Reuters A growing number of schools are failing to meet their basic legal requirements when it comes to providing religious education (RE), resulting in a ‘lottery’ for pupils, according to a new independent report into how the subject is taught in England. This means that pupils are missing out on vital preparation for life in ‘a multicultural society and globalised world’, the report says. Under proposals set out in an interim report by the Commission on Religious Education published today, all state-funded schools in England should publish details of their approach to religious education and outline how they meet the requirements of a new National Entitlement for RE. That is one of a series of proposals set out for consultation in the commission’s report, ‘Religious Education for All’, which reviews the law and policies behind RE, as well as...Read more
Archbishop of Canterbury: UK can ‘flourish enormously’ after Brexit

Archbishop of Canterbury: UK can ‘flourish enormously’ after Brexit

The Archbishop of Canterbury says he is ‘full of hope’ for the UK after Brexit and insists Britain can ‘flourish enormously in the future’. Speaking about ‘significant divisions’ in the country following a spate of terrorist attacks and ongoing tensions over the decision to leave the European Union, Justin Welby denied we should be ‘intimidated or fearful as a result’. But he did call for fines for social media companies such as Facebook or Twitter for failing to clamp down on hate or extremism shared online. Justin Welby appeared alongside Imam Qari Qasim from Leeds on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show.LBC ‘If you disseminate hate material against anyone that is a serious, serious problem. You have got to bear responsibility. You earn the money from this process. ‘It’s time for fines.’ But he insisted the country had...Read more
The latest Hellboy film features Nazis and the occult – and it’s being filmed at an English cathedral

The latest Hellboy film features Nazis and the occult – and it’s being filmed at an English cathedral

Wells CathedralRuth Gledhill Officials at the historic Wells Cathedral in Somerset have defended a decision to allow the latest Hellboy movie to be filmed in the 900-year-old building. Hellboy is a comic book series featuring the child of a union between demon and a witch that revolves around stories of the occult and the apocalypse. Actor David Harbour, star of Stranger Things, has already shot scenes at Wells. Pamela Eagan who lives opposite the cathedral, told the BBC she was horrified: ‘For heavens’s sake. Are we losing sight of what this was built for? I have to say I am surprised and shocked.’ Wells Cathedral interiorRuth Gledhill The new Hellboy release will be titled Rise of the Blood Queen and features a character summoned from hell to help win World War II for the Nazis. He then goes over to help the Allies. A Wells Cathedral spokeswoman told The...Read more
Most US evangelical leaders live in a home with a gun – but they also believe in stricter gun control

Most US evangelical leaders live in a home with a gun – but they also believe in stricter gun control

Reuters Most evangelical leaders (58 per cent) live in a household that has a gun, yet at the same time a majority (55 per cent) also believe that gun laws should be stricter, according to the August Evangelical Leaders Survey. Meanwhile, only a few (five per cent) favour less strict gun laws. In their comments for the survey, many evangelical leaders noted that handgun and assault weapon sales should be limited and background checks should be tightened, with some also saying that existing laws should be enforced more strictly. The Evangelical Leaders Survey is a monthly poll of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals. They include the CEOs of denominations and representatives of a broad array of evangelical organizations including missions, universities, publishers and churches. Around 33,000 people in the US die from gun wounds each year, with two thirds of...Read more

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