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The Atheist Church – A discussion with Sanderson Jones

The Atheist Church – A discussion with Sanderson Jones

In Jan 2013 a new church began in London – with singing, a sermon and a great sense of community – but for godless people. Atheist stand up comedian Sanderson Jones who co-founded “the Sunday Assembly” talked about its first meeting and why he set it up. David Robertson, at the time a church minister, asked questions about whether an “atheist church” makes sense and what Christians could learn from it. Justin was also joined by two of those who attended the first service, Rory Fenton and Simon Jenkins.”

Why are Young People Rejecting Religion? Part 2 – Seven Misunderstandings about Society  

Why are Young People Rejecting Religion? Part 2 – Seven Misunderstandings about Society  

What Nikki does here is really interesting. She makes general observations about young people and Christianity, brings in Nick Cave as a witness and pronounces the death of the Church. But is what she says true? Let’s have a look.

Why are Young People Rejecting Religion? Part 1 –  Seven Deadly Myths about Christianity  

Why are Young People Rejecting Religion? Part 1 –  Seven Deadly Myths about Christianity  

This article is part one of a two part response to Nikki Gemmell’s article in the Australian which delights in suggesting that young people are abandoning the Church. In this part we look at seven myths about the church she perpetuates….

Doesn’t the Inquisition prove that Christianity spread through Violence?

Doesn’t the Inquisition prove that Christianity spread through Violence?

The number of people killed by the Inquisition (by which people largely mean the Spanish Inquisition) is variously estimated to be anything from 30,000 to 50 million.  The actual number is likely to be nearer 3,000 over 300 years.  This is not to justify or excuse what was an appalling chapter in one aspect of the church’s history – but it does set it in context.  And as Jack shows in his answer below – the Inquisition had nothing to do with the spread of Christianity.   Feel free to respond with your comments – or indeed follow up questions.

Cancel Culture and Accountability

Cancel Culture and Accountability

“People can question the existence of cancel culture or they can rebrand it as a culture of accountability, but I don’t think anyone can question the stifling and deadening effect of the fear of cancellation – or even just getting it wrong – on art, writing, public discourse and even comedy. It has made the world of ideas so relentlessly uninteresting” NIck Cave (p.222).

Where in the Bible did Jesus deal with Homosexuality and Abortion? An Answer for Mike Carlton

Where in the Bible did Jesus deal with Homosexuality and Abortion? An Answer for Mike Carlton

The Australian journalist and commentator, Mike Carlton, tweeted ““I consistently failed Scripture at my Anglican private school, so I’d be glad if someone would show me where in the Bible that Jesus Christ came down hard on homosexuality and abortion. Anyone?” This is David’s response to that challenge!