Spirituality and religion: what's the difference?

‘No religion’ is steadily becoming the norm in the British population, according to Professor Linda Woodhead’s sociological research . I have referred to this before but it continues to attract attention. Here I focus on whether the meanings of the words contribute to this pattern. Linda says:

The growth of no religion isn’t sudden; there has been a steady and gradual rise over a fairly long period. I suspect it’s been taking place for at least a century or more. The question is whether it’s speeding up now.

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Performing the Faith: Shakespeare and Theology

Modern Church’s annual conference Performing the Faith: Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today took place earlier this week.

It was chaired, in a gentle and encouraging way, by Alison Milbank. Not being an expert on Shakespeare I was not sure how much I would get out of it, but in the event I was fascinated by every talk. This post consists of brief remarks and photos.

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A brief history of Open Table – a journey in grace and truth

THIS is an extract from a newly published book, Journeys in Grace and Truth, which asks:

Is it possible to hold a positive view of same-sex relationships while being a biblically rooted Evangelical?

It features essays from twelve senior Anglican Evangelicals who believe so, and share how they came to new insights. General Synod members have received copies as they prepare for the Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality next week.

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Brexit unmasks moral failure

Friday’s Church Times contains some interesting articles about the Brexit situation. One is by Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley. It’s behind a paywall but here is the relevant bit:

History suggests that, whenever there is economic uncertainty or recession, it is the poor who suffer disproportionately… It is the jobs of the low-paid that are the most vulnerable; it is those who depend on benefits who will suffer most from extended austerity; it is those who live with debt who have the most to fear.

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