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Cutting state support for the churches

Cutting state support for the churches

The Catholic Church was once central to Spanish life. But Spain is changing — just like its European neighbours, says the US-based international magazine, Newsweek.

Australian church aid groups update on Burma

Australian church aid groups update on Burma

Beneath the radar of the media Christian development groups with connections on the ground are getting on with practical relief efforts - TEAR Australia among them, says our correspondent Doug Hynd.

All a-twitter at Number 10

All a-twitter at Number 10

Downing Street's microblogging team is monitoring us from the depths of the Prime Minister's bunker.

McLaren talks to Associated Press

McLaren talks to Associated Press

Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises and a Revolution of Hope, argues that Christians must work for systemic change that deals with the causes of human suffering.

Torture not a Christian family value

Torture not a Christian family value

United Methodist Church minister and research psychologist Andrew J. Weaver has maintained a principled campaign against mixing Methodism and political mendacity.

Women's rights and religious liberty

Rowan Williams' recent lecture on the religious grounding of universal human rights raised difficult questions about the status of women in relation to freedom for faith.

Getting money through to Burma

Our friend and colleague Simon Keyes at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace has a practical suggestion for supporting Burma.

Distinguishing Islam and 'Islamism'

Distinguishing Islam and 'Islamism'

Is it that 'new atheists' like Sam Harris simply don't understand religion (beyond assembling everything bad they know to attack it with), or is the failure to distinguish positive and negative deliberate?

The first non-evangelical evangelical president?

The first non-evangelical evangelical president?

Over on the Wall Street Journal blog, Steven Waldman president and editor-in-chief of Beliefnet.com, has some interesting things to say about Barack Obama and the evangelical vote.

Carter on the Gaza tragedy

Carter on the Gaza tragedy

Ex-US President Jimmy Cater, now devoting his time to human rights and peace work, has condemned as a "crime" the treatment of people in Gaza.