Simon Barrow's blog

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Judgement day, but not on Jerry

Today Stephen Green of Christian Voice, which looks very much like one man and a bandwagon, is appealing against the rejection of his attempted private prosecution of the BBC for blasphemy.

Liberating design

Liberating design

Ekklesia's "high-traffic website, turned into a Drupal wondersite" is one of the featured sites on Eleutheria this month.

Religion reporting can do your head in

Religion reporting can do your head in

Though he met good people too, Stephen Bates, the Guardian's ex-religious affairs correspondent, says that the sheer nastiness he encountered among some believers turned him right off.

Staying equally in the pink

Understandably, there have been few in LGBT circles persuaded that the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance to the new Commission on Equalities and Human Rights (CEHR) is anything other than a retrograde step.

Understanding 'the faith agenda'

Among a vocal minority of those for whom religion is at best irrelevant and at worse an anathema, there is confusion about why government pays so much attention to faith groups.

Tragedy and scripture

Tragedy and scripture

Both fundamentalist believers and hardline anti-theists say that the Bible is a declaration of dogma that must either be accepted or rejected wholesale.

Well, I'll IPCC it...

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is due to publish its long awaited report into the tragic Stockwell shooting in July 2005, imminently.

Religion and secularism network

Religion and secularism network

The research network on secularism and religion based at the University of Cambridge and supported by Ekklesia, among others, now has its own web presence.

The levelling power of religion

The levelling power of religion

Religion has sometimes been a friend of democracy and sometimes an enemy. It is impossible to generalise (about either religion or politics). But the 'credit' side is often overlooked in current debates.

The Economist on religion

The Economist has today (2 November 2007) published a special report which examines religion's place "in today's modern society" - the role it is likely to play in this century's politics and "how we should deal with it". But is it saying anything new?