Selective quotations

We have a very clear and recent example of selective quotation by the BBC in its commentary surrounding the use of parliamentary privilege to name Sir Philip Green as the anonymous person who secured a court injunction preventing The Daily Telegraph publishing allegations of sexual and racial harassment. While other commentators quite rightly concentrate on …

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Balancing individual rights with societal rights and the common good

Individual rights are trumping societal rights.  The tail is wagging the dog. Since the Nuremberg trials for Nazi atrocities in WWII, individual rights have risen up the agenda, but now the pendulum has swung too far to the detriment of societal rights. We cannot each have bus routes and bus stops outside our home.  Individual …

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The shifting goalposts of secularism

Christianity has always suffered from the readiness of its critics to judge its past by the standards of the present. Secularism is now experiencing the same, the latest phase being the Me-Too movement catching up on the sexual immorality of the 1960s and judging 1960s behaviour by 2010s opinion.  The well-known sexual licentiousness of the …

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Those who think that religion and politics do not mix

There are those who think that religion and politics don't mix.  The truth is that their religion and their politics don't mix.  However, Christianity and politics mix quite easily together, and it is Christianity which gave us western democracy as we understand it and delivered us from the irreligious dogmatism of the 16th-century by recovering …

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What is the Establishment Principle?

The Establishment Principle is that biblical principle which states that God is sovereign over secular and ecclesiastical affairs, and that He has established a relationship between these two sovereign spheres in which the state and the church are to acknowledge each other as divinely-appointed institutions, to mutually support and encourage each other, but not to …

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The ark of the covenant and the third temple

There is a movement afoot among orthodox Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and to this end they have been looking for a red heifer without blemish to dedicate the temple.  Although there have been discredited claims in recent decades, yet there are rumours that a suitable red heifer has been found and that …

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