Education and Culture

  • 14 Mar 2008

    Forget Maria. How do you solve a problem like Jesus? After all, everyone has a view: well-meaning Jewish guru, dangerous heretic, son of God, charlatan. The list is endless. Mel Gibson gave us the fundamentalist's Jesus of gruesome realism: a tortured body offset by expensive LA orthodontistry (bad teeth would have been a realism too far). This year's Easter offering from the BBC - boldly scheduled for primetime on BBC1 - reaches for the other extreme and presents the inoffensive Liberal Democrat Jesus: Nick Clegg with a beard.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    The Council of Churches in Indonesia has joined calls for a controversial Dutch film about Islam made by far-right politician Geert Wilders not to be shown. In the past he called for the Qur'an to be banned.

  • 12 Mar 2008

    Faith schools appear to be the main offenders when it comes to breaking new rules on admissions, a Government survey has found.
    Ed Balls, schools secretary, announced that his Department had randomly picked three authorities to examine

  • 11 Mar 2008

    Lord Goldsmith, speaking for the government citizenship review, walked into a backlash today over proposals that school-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country.

  • 11 Mar 2008

    In Christian and biblical terms, good citizenship is not about flag-waving, says Simon Barrow. It is about the good practices and ways of organising our public lives which enable people to belong to one another across nation state boundaries.

  • 11 Mar 2008

    Encouraging people to commit to social justice, human dignity, equality, civic participation and peace-building is the way to create good citizens, says the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, not attempts to impose symbols of state allegiance and inflated rhetoric about ‘national pride’.

  • 6 Mar 2008

    The Cambridge based Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CSMJR) is promoting an open letter from leading Muslim scholars to the international Jewish community seeking improved understanding and contact among them.

  • 5 Mar 2008

    An Oxford University centre is from the middle of 2008 to award its first grants to international research bodies participating in the recently announced £1.9 million programme examining how people come to believe in God.

  • 4 Mar 2008

    A potentially landmark faith schools court case for alleged racial discrimination is now underway, involving the JFS (formally the Jewish Free School). It is being brought by parents whose child was denied a place at the school.

  • 1 Mar 2008

    A parish in Croatia has opened the world's first "prayer café" for young people, where food and drink can be purchased not with money but with prayers popular with Catholics, such as the Our Father (Lord's Prayer) and the Hail Mary.