Mr and Mrs Jesus and their son

from Signs of the Times No. 25 - Apr 2007

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A recent discovery has led to speculation about whether the buried bones of Jesus have at last been discovered - along with his wife Mary Magdalene and their son.

It made a wonderful news release and much excitement in some quarters. Now that the dust has settled, the evidence doesn't look all that good. Leaving aside any commitments of faith people may have about whether it's possible, the evidence that it was that Jesus isn't strong enough to be convincing.

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Obituary: Abbé Pierre

by Richard Darlington
from Signs of the Times No. 25 - Apr 2007

Abbé Pierre, who died on 22nd January at the age of 94, was the inspirational activist and founder of the Emmaus Movement.

Henri Grouès, better known by his Resistance pseudonym as Abbé Pierre, was loved and revered throughout France and the Catholic world as a tireless and effective human rights activist, and as the founder of the international Emmaus movement.

Born in 1912 into a devout and prosperous merchant family in Lyons, Henri was inspired by the experience of accompanying his father to a local centre for homeless people. He joined the Capuchins at the age of 19 and was ordained priest as a Capuchin friar in 1938.

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A hopeful future for English evangelicalism

by Simon Butler
from Signs of the Times No. 25 - Apr 2007

In this commemorative year of the Abolition of Slavery, a literary highlight has been Simon Schama's wonderful 'Boy's Own Story Book', Rough Crossings1

It tells the story of slaves who escaped the American plantations, who fought the War of Independence alongside the British and ended up returning to West Africa to form what we now know as Sierra Leone. All the usual heroes of abolitionism are present in the story and, happily, many of the former slaves themselves are allowed to tell their story. But at the story's heart lies one Lieutenant John Clarkson, RN, whose Evangelical faith coupled with his naval skill thrilled and inspired me, an ex-naval officer Evangelical.

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Religious exceptions

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 25 - Apr 2007
[Reply by Mary Roe in Signs of the Times No. 26 - Jul 2007]

How much respect should the religious conscience be given by a secular state?

This question was debated again when new legislation forbade adoption agencies to discriminate against homosexual couples in placing children. Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor objected, as many adoption agencies are Roman Catholic. The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York sent the Prime Minister an open letter supporting the Catholic position.

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