Historically bedtime prayers were part of every child's night time routine. Hot bath, and brushed teeth would be followed by a cosy story and a traditional bedtime prayer. The classic (and Christian) bedtime prayer for children was actually rather sobering.
That night, I spend some time thinking about what we tell our children, about Heaven and God, about what happens when we die - and although I don't believe in any of it, I tell myself that, right now, it's ok for him to believe. After all, as a five-year-old, there are plenty of things that he believes in that I know aren't true.
Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, called upon leaders of the Church, as well as the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, to support and care for all people "regardless of sexual orientation."
Jehovah tells me, "I am available to answer any and all questions". Still grieving the loss of his mother, who died suddenly in November, he is friendly, polite, genuine and says he enjoyed the atheist bus campaign. Over to his alter-ego...
When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars (The Observer, January 26, 2014) he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.
I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who supported our epetition and helped us reach over 100,000 signatures. The great British public stood with survivors and recognized the importance of this campaign. You have spoken out to say that FGM is child abuse and one of the worst forms of violence against women and you have asked the Government to put an end to it.
Lewis was a great writer. In all that he stood for he is an antidote to our age, with its haste, shallowness and materialism. Reading Lewis encourages believers and challenges sceptics. If you have not read him, read him. And if you have read Lewis in the past, reread him. It will do you good.
Don't allow yourself to be lectured on morality by an organization which has made damn sure that it hasn't got a leg left to stand on either. At least there was some honesty about Ratzinger, he didn't hide his scorn for the ungodly.
Pope Francis appears accessible, tender, and compassionate. Always willing to help the poor and the marginalised. Worldwide attention he has garnered. When it comes to victims of sexual abuse and torture by members of the church, however, he is suspiciously and oddly silent.
I would like to offer my full support to Mr. Nawaz for championing free expression and not cowering away in the face of such horrendous responses or bowing to religious fundamentalists. Nawaz embodies the spirit of liberalism and secular values, and is certainly an asset to the Liberal Democrats.
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.
While the seasons and the landscape change in Syria, so much about the country's protracted conflict is unchanging and unrelenting. Thousands of people killed each month, atrocities on both sides, and thousands more fleeing the country as refugees. Millions living in limbo, some out of reach of humanitarian aid, when all they want is peace and a chance for normal life to resume.
There's a bit of a flap taking place on Twitter today over a tweet and the resulting petition by the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Maajid Nawaz -- who also happens to be the Chairman of the anti-extremism organisation, the Quilliam Foundation. What did he tweet? Prepare your outrage...
A lot has been written about this topic, is it real or is it a figment of the imagination of Muslims. Islamophobia has been on the rise for some thre...
Dawkins' passion for not just calling out pseudo-science but explaining what the science actually is, expressing real poetry in how things are without needing to imagine what we cannot know. Quite simply it is enthralling to hear complex subjects so beautifully explained by Dawkins.