This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."
In forgiving women for having abortions, the Pope is also distancing himself from the worst kind of abortion protesters: the ones that shout at women from across the street that they will go to hell, that they will be dammed forever.
Despite narratives of the slow but inevitable 'death of religion' -- and indeed the strident 'death to religion' of new atheists, such as Richard Dawkins -- there have been plenty of students and policy makers wanting to crack the nut of dealing with (and trying to understand) religion.
The decision by the NYT to postpone the play has unleashed a firestorm of debate within the artistic community about censorship. But this is about more than the arts - it's about the kind of Britain that we want to be.
Fear not - Ahmad is not a caliph of war, but the caliph of peace. He embodies the community's motto: Love for All, Hatred for None.
they are uniting to help target religious extremism by holding the largest international religious convention in the UK; global religious leaders, parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats will gather together to discuss how to combat fanaticism in Islam.
It started a conversation with the Songs of Praise team about the faith of the people who built and use the Church in the camp, what is the Christian response to the migrant issue in Calais and would it be of interest to our audience. Songs of Praise is not only about Christian music, it also explores contemporary issues and modern themes from a Christian perspective. In churches up and down the country the subject is an important one. For centuries Christians have related to the vivid image of the Holy family becoming refugees themselves when Joseph, Mary and their baby son had to flee persecution from King Herod and escape to Egypt.
It is, in all our interests to ensure that governments, media and institutions around the world speak out for individuals in jail or facing execution, support civil society actors on the ground working to defend freedom of religion or belief, and make it a priority to promote this most basic of freedoms.
By visiting the Jungle, Songs of Praise are getting in there and engaging with one of the most pressing issues in the news today... Christians are not supposed to sit in their pews praying all day, cloistered away from the real world. They are called to roll up their sleeves and get involved.
In the grim light of recent events, I would like to put forward ten propositions about religious extremism. These are not for nailing to mosque, or indeed, church, doors but in pursuit of clarity and maybe constructive disagreement.
There is a deeper and more troubling context here. By sending the message to law-abiding Muslims that they are excluded from the simple privileges enjoyed by all other British people, we risk encouraging rather than suppressing extremism.
The churches, Christian charities and countless Christian people already involved in many ways look forward to a healthy and robust engagement with Gove and his colleagues. As he knows well, we are already significantly involved and we continue to stand ready to play our part to the full. I hear the genuineness of his intent, and I hold him in my prayers.
I've written about a whole host of different topics in the past. I've written about marriage, sexuality, success, the future, and a whole host more, but yet I've never discussed religion, despite it continuing to be a large part of our society. I had a conversation with a friend a while back, in which we talked about lots of big issues, eventually getting into religion, which sparked some more of my thoughts on the subject.
Both the Anglican and Catholic Churches have long been able to use publicly funded schools to inculcate children into their religious traditions. Their reluctance to let go of that privilege is understandable. But for the sake of young people's future, people of all faiths should accept that faith-based education isn't in Britain's best interest.
David Cameron should be able to look back on his record in office with a sense of pride and achievement. The Governments he has led have (partly) reve...
In setting out to confront those who are born and raised in the UK but "who don't really identify with Britain", as he now puts it, the Prime Minister and others, like many before, implicitly reveal the real chink in their counter-narrative armour - which is that they do not offer any narrative of their own. They are clear about what they are against, but not about what they are for.