We are in for another intense round of “God vs. God,” “Our God vs. Their God,” “Good God vs. Bad God=Devil", says Martin Marty. The mimetic "them and us" rivalry underlying this is profoundly spiritually (and physically) damaging.
A Church of Scotland parish church will be bathed in chocolate for Lent on Sunday 7 March. But as well as the sweetness, there's a more serious message about sacrificial service of others being the true 'reason for the season'.
In argument we attack and defend on the basis of positions we know and hold. Conversations are determined by questions in which we inquire also about what we don’t, and can entertain the new, says Martin Marty. Nowhere is such an approach needed more than in the vociferously contested debate about sexuality.
Once they were for banking. Now churches use them. Fredrick Nzwili of ENI reports on how mobile phone technology is opening up new possibilities for churches in Africa, overcoming the technology gap and encouraging congregations.
Even without the 3D effects, Avatar is still an impressive film, says Hannah Kowszun. However there is a bitter irony in a film which extols the virtues of simple living and condemns greed becoming the highest-grossing blockbuster of all time.
One of the outstanding sculptures of the week-long Sapporo Snow Festival in the far north of Japan is of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, says Hisashi Yukimoto. It is a testimony to reconciliation and overcoming division and violence, as well as artistic endeavour.
The Independent's leading article the day the Synod completed its business is alive to the dynamic of the Gospel message and the contradictions of Christianity in a way that some within the household struggle to see, and importantly it is more than just critique. It is a proposal for an alternative path.
Rather than moaning about religious output on the BBC and elsewhere, Christians would do better to look at how - and what - they are communicating themselves, says Simon Barrow. In a mixed belief era the church cannot expect privileged coverage, but it has unparalleled opportunities to engage in a vibrant media environment.