News Brief

  • February 6, 2009

    Anxious politicians and commentators fulminating about Britain's failure to defy the recent blizzards afflicting the country were yesterday invited to lighten up and learn from their children's sense of fun.

  • February 6, 2009

    Following the popularity of a bus advertising campaign in Britain saying God "probably" does not exist, a Canadian group is planning a similar campaign on Toronto's buses.

  • February 5, 2009

    Tony Blair delivered the keynote speech to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama's first, in Washington DC this morning. He spoke of religion as "a source of so much inspiration; an excuse for so much evil."

  • February 5, 2009

    A by-election which takes place today has seen church leaders unite to keep out a BNP candidate. Church leaders have issued a joint statement telling people not to vote for the extremist party in the council poll which takes place in Hyde Newton in Tameside

  • February 5, 2009

    Two major UK-based international development agencies have welcomed a British newspaper's campaign on corporate tax avoidance, which they point out is unjust and hits the world's poor badly.

  • February 5, 2009

    In a move which will surprise few and may end up interesting fewer, three Christian organisations are putting thousands of pounds into advertising campaigns to counter the 'atheist buses' backed by Richard Dawkins others.

  • February 5, 2009

    Housing Justice, the churches housing campaign, is encouraging UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to move quickly to allow local councils to build more homes to meet urgent needs.

  • February 5, 2009

    The New York-based International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) has welcomed the Vatican's call for a Holocaust denying renegade bishop to disown his reported views.

  • February 4, 2009

    My experience of being a Christian is that of a surprising, continual and contested process of reformation and rediscovery, says Simon Barrow. It's far removed from the caricature of faith that many zealous believers and non-believers seem attached to.

  • February 4, 2009

    In the grey zone, we are all both victims and perpetrators, says Giles Fraser, who has visited one of the major sites of the slave trade. In the grey zone, morality is no longer simple. We need honesty, wisdom and divine mercy to face the facts hopefully.