Education and Culture

  • 18 Mar 2008

    An inquiry has been ordered following claims that some schools - most notably faith schools - have been breaking laws aimed at making admissions fairer. Schools Adjudicator Philip Hunter has been given until July for his probe.

  • 17 Mar 2008
  • 15 Mar 2008

    Michael Heller, a Polish Roman Catholic priest and cosmologist whose intellectual and religious life has been grounded in the insights of of physics, cosmology, theology and philosophy, has won the 2008 Templeton Prize.

  • 14 Mar 2008

    A major five year research programme on faith and society is underway, and has a valuable new website.

  • 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’.