Month: October 2018

Aasia Bibi blasphemy conviction quashed by Pakistan Supreme Court

We would like to express our delight that the Pakistan Supreme Court has quashed the conviction for blasphemy of Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who has been on death row for eight years. Speaking in Islamabad on Wednesday, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said, “This appeal is allowed. The judgements of the High Court as well as

BlacKkKlansman: a reflection on faith, race & nationalism

In a guest post, evangelical Christian and author Chris Flux offers his view on the unhappy alliance between Christianity and nationalism, and why this alliance should be of grave concern to Christians. Recently I went to see BlacKkKlansman at the cinema and despite it not being a Christian film, it prompted me to think about

Why we ought to be concerned by Russia’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

The BBC recently reported that five members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had been detained in Russia on “extremism” charges. The religious sect was effectively banned from Russia last year by its Supreme Court. Although the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not an orthodox Christian group (they do not believe in the full divinity of Christ), Russia’s moves

One Scotland publishes spectacularly hate-filled poster designed to stoke prejudice against religious Christians, Jews and Muslims

The Barnabas Fund, a Christian aid charity which supports freedom of religion around the world, has called for the Scottish police to withdraw “hate crime” posters by One Scotland which appear to incite prejudice against Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Barnabas Fund calls these posters “state-sponsored prejudice.” Although One Scotland isn’t the Scottish government

Were the media right to berate Justin Welby’s speech to the TUC?

Grace Dalton offers some thoughts on Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s recent speech to TUC, and how it was received in the media. It’s not often that the Archbishop of Canterbury garners attention across the news media. But he made headlines recently for speaking at the TUC (Trades Union Congress). What can we learn from

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare

We would like to express our delight that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, campaigners against rape in warfare, as well as the media profile that this award has received. Dr. Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of

Tertullian on God’s power to raise the dead

If you’ve read certain bestselling conspiracy novels, you may be forgiven for thinking that the earliest centuries of Christianity are shrouded in mystery, rather like the Dark Ages, and we really can’t know what the earliest Christians believed. “History is always written by the winners,” as the character Sir Leigh Teabing scurrilously claims in one