Bible

Gates To Ancient Biblical City That Was Home To Goliath Discovered In Israel

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

An archaeological dig has unearthed the remains of an enormous gate which may have marked the entrance of a biblical city said to be home to the legen...

David Threlfall's Noah Begs Modern Questions

Jonathan Romain | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Romain

Forget about the millions missing Top Gear, the BBC are expecting record viewing figures for another programme next Monday (March 30): a made-for-television film about the life of Noah, with David Threlfall playing the lead role and moving from shameless to righteous.

Climate Change Is Too Important to Be Left to the Eco-Warriors

Joe Ware | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

Climate change is, at its core, an issue of injustice. Those that are least responsible for creating the problem, are the ones who are suffering the most. Livelihoods are being destroyed, people are forced to leave their homes and extreme weather events make widows and orphans.

God, Romance and Christopher Nolan or: Blinded by the Light

Stuart Laws | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

Religious texts are absolutely wide-open to interpretation, and for books that claim to contain the word of god, that is a potentially dangerous situation.

Should We Evangelise? Reflections, and Tips, From the World of Inter-Faith

Julian Bond | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Julian Bond

Our dialogues which both underpin and overarch our practical initiatives will include reflecting on what we might say together, and differently, about the mission of Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad...

The Dark Side of Halloween: Witches, Demons and Death

Paul Beaumont | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

Europe has an unhappy history in the way it has dealt with the made up 'crime' of witchcraft over the centuries. Professor Owen Davis of the University of Hertfordshire estimates that between 30,000 and 50,000 people, mainly women, were executed after being found guilty in witchcraft trials between 1450 and 1780.

British Opinion Polls Reveal a Dramatic Decline in Impact of the Bible on the UK - Does This Spell the End of Christianity

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A recently published review of opinion poll data, from 123 national sample surveys of the UK adult general population, documents dramatically declining allegiance to the Bible over recent years, even among regular churchgoers.

Losing God, Finding Life

Paul Beaumont | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

I was a Christian for 25 years. In that period, I believed some of it for some of the time. I probably never believed all of it; I don't think any Christians do, in reality, other than those who habitually blur the distinction between reality and fantasy. My faith gradually declined until in the few years leading up to my Big Surprise - the mid-life crisis...

'When Jesus Met Muhammad ...'

Julian Bond | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

How do we put in practice what our founders taught- if we did inter faith would come naturally and be an integral part of our own religious practice. So what would it be like if Jesus and Muhammad met? It's a question which intrigues and excites me.

'Snake Salvation' Preacher Dead From Rattlesnake Bite

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

A pastor who regularly appeared in a reality TV show about snake handling in church has died – of a snakebite. Jamie Coots died on Saturday even...

Seeking a New Route to Feeling Loved and Complete?

Tony Lobl | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.

Balls: The New Holy Land Is in Newtownabbey

Stephen Hagan | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hagan

The Reduced Shakespeare Company was scheduled to perform their production of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) twice this month at The Mill Theatre in Newtownabbey, just outside Belfast. A week before it was scheduled, the local council 'persuaded' the artistic board to cancel the performances.

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

Ben Whitnall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

The Bible can function in the same way as your favourite novel, poem, movie script or soundbite-friendly pop scientist. You don't have to consider yourself religious to find words in the Bible that give voice to something you're struggling to say yourself.

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Four: Creative Inspiration

Ben Whitnall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

We all need a little help to get the creative juices flowing from time to time. Maybe you're stuck for ideas, or just need something to get you started: a story, a character, a concept to embrace or to react against.

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Three: A Unique Connection Point

Ben Whitnall | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

When my grandad passed away and my nan was clearing out some of his things, I borrowed one of his old diaries. I had always loved listening to what he had to say; he was full of warmth and wisdom, and I wanted to hear more of his words, even if they were written before I was born.

From the Outside Looking In

Julian Tan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

As a Malaysian who has been in Britain for the past six years for higher education, I, like many other Malaysians living overseas have had the painfully frustrating ordeal of witnessing the socio-political travesties that have developed in recent years back home.

The Bible for Non-Religious People. Part 2: Decisions Are Made by Those Who Show Up

Ben Whitnall | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

You don't consider yourself a Christian - or a religious person in any way, in fact. So why should you read the Bible - surely that's just for people who go to church every Sunday?

The Bible for Non-Religious People: Part 1 - An Undervalued Resource

Ben Whitnall | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

Here we go, then: new year, new start, new resolutions, a time to try new things. My suggestion for 2014? Check out the massively influential, blockbuster-inspiring, world best-selling book... that nobody reads.

The Muslim Prophet of Nazareth

Sajda Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

The common theological heritage and the mutual reverence of Jesus and his mother by both Muslims and Christians has sadly, become sullied throughout history as Islam and Christianity are often portrayed as implacable enemies, embroiled in conflict. The reality is, despite the troubled history. there have been epochs where Christians and Muslim have co-existed in peace.

Does the Bible Have a Role to Play in Social Care - In China?

Ben Whitnall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

At the conference on the role of Christianity in China, which was sponsored by Bible Society, a government official called on the Church to take care of China's growing number of elderly people. 'It is a big challenge for the authorities and for the Church,' said government spokesman Wang Xinhua.

Banish The Bible?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK

Queries have been raised over whether the Bible is a necessity when asking people to being honest in court. Magistrates are to debate whether to do...

Only Muslims Can Use The Word ‘Allah' To Refer To God

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A Malaysian appeal court has ruled that non-Muslims may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God. The decision overturns a 2009 lower court ru...

David Cameron Shouldn't Be Calling the Bible a 'Handbook' for 'Moral Guidance'

Ben Whitnall | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Whitnall

I'm glad David Cameron appreciates and values the Christian Scriptures. I hope he increasingly encounters and engages with them. I'm confident that, as he does, he'll discover the Bible is a much bigger story than anything so small as a 'handbook for moral guidance'.

Bruce Springsteen's Light Shines Through the Darkness of Self-Loathing

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tony Lobl

The Boss is top of the live pops - he has just been voted No.1 among the 50 best acts currently performing. This accolade from a Rolling Stone panel ...

Welby's War on Wonga - What's the Bigger Picture?

Ben Whitnall | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Ben Whitnall

There's plenty in Scripture - in the form of laws, sayings, parables and stories - about money-lending and financial practices. So, going by his own church's sacred text, does Welby's suggestion take things too far?