Education and Culture

  • 24 Oct 2007

    Former PM Tony Blair is meeting religious leaders confidentially to establish plans for an international inter-faith foundation to promote greater cooperation between the faiths and to work against extremism practiced in the name of religion.

  • 23 Oct 2007

    Publicly-funded schools sponsored by the church do not set out to indoctrinate pupils or promote a particular philosophy, says the Archbishop of Canterbury. But critics say they can still discriminate and inhibit social mixing.

  • 22 Oct 2007

    Why are fresh expressions of church emerging in Britain and several other western nations?

  • 22 Oct 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, has endorsed a strong statement against religiously sanctioned violence by Pope Benedict at an inter-faith peace conference in Naples this weekend.

  • 22 Oct 2007

    The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has set out his view of women as 'equal but different'. Savi Hensman traces the patriarchal assumptions behind this position, and questions its claims to biblical authority.

  • 22 Oct 2007

    Both in the UK and the USA, 'religion' is discussed furiously. The loudest voices, including some prominent anti-religious figures and a range of what could be called zealous religiosi, are often those least equipped for thoughtful debate - and least interested in acquiring the skills and data.

  • 20 Oct 2007

    Hard-line Christian groups who say mild-mannered Harry Potter is an occult conspiracy are unlikely to be reassured by news that one of its key characters is gay - even though JK Rowling has confirmed the series is based on Christian themes.

  • 20 Oct 2007

    The Ecumenical Church of Sudan will open a landmark art exhibition in the Malakal region of southern Sudan on 28 October 2007, aimed at promoting peace in an area devastated by 21 years of civil war. It is being backed by Christian Aid.

  • 19 Oct 2007

    Our friend Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at General Theological Seminary, New York, USA, has a post which is of natural interest to us on her fine blog ...

  • 19 Oct 2007

    Despite India remaining the world's most populous and vibrant democracy, freedom of religion is in decline and plural secularism threatened, says a journalist-turned-Christian activist who is now secretary general of the All India Christian Council.