News Brief

  • April 23, 2008

    Rich nations are the real beneficiaries of the "boom industry" of global corruption that is making the world's poor even poorer, says a hard-hitting new report from the United Church in Australia. It calls for an end to tax havens.

  • April 23, 2008

    The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has asked Christians around the world to focus their prayers this Sunday on the country. Making the call, Rev Bob Stumbles, Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Harare, described Zimbabwe as "a nation in dire distress".

  • April 23, 2008

    The agency is providing relief to hungry children and families affected by the crisis and is preparing to increase its response. Rising global prices for food and fuel have hammered Haiti, which survives largely on imported goods.

  • April 23, 2008

    An arms embargo on Zimbabwe is being urged as church leaders in the country say that without international intervention Zimbabweans face genocide.

  • April 22, 2008

    Millions of dollars have been spent promoting Ben Stein’s creationist propaganda movie ‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ to conservative church groups, but that money would have been better spent on fact checkers, say its critics.

  • April 22, 2008

    As Israel marks its 60th anniversary this May, for Israelis and Palestinians the conflict and the suffering continues, says Ben White. He believes that this landmark is an important opportunity for Christian leaders around the world to add their voices to a special call for a justice-based peace.

  • April 22, 2008

    The Gospel has been much talked about but practically sidelined under Christendom, says Jonathan Bartley. Rediscovering the radicalism of Jesus' message is vital to the recovery of a proper public role for Christian faith.

  • April 22, 2008

    Fundamentalism is a 20th-century invention, in many ways a response to the rapid social change brought about by modernity and global capitalism, says Giles Fraser. It is a perversion of religion, and in no way the real thing, let alone its 'heartbeat'.

  • April 22, 2008

    Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represent a triumph of the Enlightenment over superstition? Or has it sidelined religion and sought to impose monolithic norms on diverse communities and cultures? Savi Hensman says the reality is more complex than these popular antitheses suggest.

  • April 22, 2008

    The bludgeoning conclusion of Paul Thomas Anderson's much-lauded, Oscar-nominated film "There Will Be Blood," which has recently been released on DVD, features a preacher forced to renounce his faith in God and admit charlatanry. Spencer Dew investigates.