Last week I did an interview on In the Market with Janet Parshall….I found it to be an interesting and stimulating discussion. I hope you will enjoy it as well.
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.”
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.
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….
This is a follow up to an earlier article on the same subject. What is the Church? Is it true it spread by violence? What about the Spanish Inquisition? Witch burnings? The Crusades? What happens when the Church gets political power?
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.
“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).
In this answer we look at the historical proof for Jesus – the sources, the virgin birth, the extra biblical sources and why the New Testament is historical evidence….
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!
A question from Bruce about how population increase, agriculture and climate change are all related….