Forgiveness: a new transactional theology 

Photo:  https://www.thedolectures.com/ The Archbishop of Canterbury appears, in his recent stint on the BBC’s Today programme, to have come up with a new theology of forgiveness.  Interestingly, this seems to have passed most clergy by.  Or perhaps they have simply given up trying to balance what the Archbishop says with actual life in the pews. …

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Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm: or ‘Commission for Approved Thinking’?

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new 'commission to review and improve diversity' across London’s public realm to 'ensure the capital’s landmarks suitably reflect London’s achievements and diversity'. Would anyone outside current activist circles like to hazard a guess at what this actually means? The Mayor of London's London Assembly website states: …

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An unwelcome precedent for the Church of England: lessons from the Mayflower celebrations

https://www.mayflower400uk.org/education/the-mayflower-story/ Can we see any connection between the 400th anniversary celebrations of the Mayflower’s voyage to the Americas and the line that has been drawn in the sand by the Church of England’s leadership during the virus lockdown? I suggest that we can. Both illustrate a picture of western culture’s views about the place in …

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BBC broadcasts Muslim call to prayer: some religions more equal than others?

The BBC has started broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer as part of its services to Muslims during the coronavirus epidemic. Apparently, Muslims need this in order to feel a sense of community while they are in isolation: Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, said: “Many Muslims will feel a void in their lives where prayers …

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A disingenuous response: another lesson in integrity and doublethink from our bishops

Following on from my previous post about clergy being banned from the bedsides of patients in the current crisis, things continue to develop. Various clergy around the country have been expressing their frustration with the ongoing ban on them entering their own churches; news of the bedside-ban on voluntary chaplains seems to have heaped even …

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