IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK…

This is the news…

  • St Alban’s Cathedral has denounced the hot cross bun as ‘too commercial’, preferring the more ‘medieval’ and, by implication, more Christian, recipe.
  • The BNP has announced it is to use the image of Jesus in its advertising, identifying itself with the persecution the Son of God faced.
  • The RS curriculum in UK schools is to be expanded in order to reflect the equally valid faiths of Rastafarianism and Druidism, as well as examining the ‘Rise of atheism’.
  • Ministers in the UK vote against inserting some allowance for ‘free speech’ into the Bill outlawing the incitement of ‘gay hatred’. Many observers believe will now leave churches liable to prosecution if they preach that practising homosexuality is wrong or a sin.
  • The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has suggested a cutting down of maternity leave in order that paternity leave be increased. After all, it is currently grossly unequal that the mother be given so much time with their newborn child…
  • The ‘old-fashioned’ Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali has stepped down following long-standing tensions with the Archbishop of Canterbury over the liberal direction of the church. An aide working for the church in Canterbury has called him an “arsehole”.
  • Meanwhile, the Archbishop himself, Dr Rowan Williams, has used his position to congratulate Muslims in the UK, in a week where he has also spoken out about the environment, bankers and knife crime. A search of his 6 press releases in March locate not one single mention of the word ‘Jesus’.
  • Your humble blogger wonders what on earth is going on in this world of ours and is unsurprised that 71% of the UK see religion as ‘unimportant’. He resolves to try and do his bit in order to ensure some measure of sense and truth continue to be spoken.

PS Your blogger this week missed church for no good reason for the first time in years. He instead spent 7 obsessive hours putting together his lecture for the Gifted & Talented Society at school. It concerned Arguments for the Existence of God – a topic he felt partially justified his tardiness. He got to school the next day to find the lecture had been cancelled. He is confused as to the moral of this story.

 

PPS The manic season is abating – real & meaty blogging is to resume imminently… beginning with a profound analysis of whether or not I’m a Calvinist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments so far

  1. matt on

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. Phil C on

    I know your post isn’t about this, but anyway: the “transcendental argument” (as it’s called) is interesting, from what little I know of it. A chap called Greg Bahnsen (sp?) used it to good effect in a debate several years back, and John Frame is a fan I think, if the internet is right. Might be worth looking into.

    Recently I’ve been thinking more about how some apologetics can provide a supposedly respectable get-out clause for people not willing to engage…i.e. “That argument is good, but there are reasons to doubt it, or I’m sure there are somewhere; so I will reserve judgement on the gospel until I know better.” That’s driven me to appreciate a more presuppositional/pragmatic approach than your classic William Lane Craig style arguments (though I think he uses them very well, because he knows all the ins and outs). For mere mortals like us, I think challenging people on the basis of their own experience, judgement and knowledge is a more fruitful course.

    Anyway. What was the stated purpose of the lecture? To give people a history of ideas? Will you get another chance to do it?


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