Global Christian Perspectives – January 29, 2016

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We talked a bit about Trump last week, I came across the survey that might provide a possible explanation. Might be worth discussing in any event.
Also on that point:-
I think we need to discuss again the Planned Parenthood issue in the light of this report:-
particularly in the light of the fact that a lot of the Republican Party are supporting the defunding of the whole organisation, which provides a lot more services than abortion, which is a minority activity for them.

2nd Half:

Allan and Elgin have just written posts for EDN with contrary opinions on evolution. We should discuss these.

Global Christian Perspectives, January 22, 2016

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Possible, although rather late compared with the posts on the topic:-
https://energion.co/discuss/2016/01/13/is-the-future-open-and-not-preordained-yes-and-no/
From Elgin : Obama last State of the Union,  and since we are within a month of voting we could discuss Trump why he is doing so well and is he fit to be president on the one hand and Hillary and any number of scandals that surround her.  One question I have is why is she still even in the race? And, of course, Bernie, and can he win (given that he seems to poll better than Trump…)

(Without a second US voice, this one might not be a runner)

The peculiar semi-schism in the Anglican church:-

Majority of primates call for temporary Episcopal Church sanctions


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-susan-russell/on-becoming-second-class_b_8984984.html

Is the escalation in college tuition purely because state funding has dropped?
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/opinion/sunday/the-real-reason-college-tuition-costs-so-much.html?_r=0

In the States, Martin Luther King has been remembered this week. Is there still more to do to realise his dreams?
https://theintercept.com/2016/01/18/martin-luther-king-jr-celebrations-overlook-his-critiques-of-capitalism-and-militarism/
(This of course refers to Elgin and myself taking contrary views on capitalism)

Global Christian Perspectives – January 15, 2016

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Short Discussions / First 30 Minutes

David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69. There was a time when he was roundly castigated in some Christian circles for being gay (and then bisexual), for wearing a dress and for anarchic music, which was nonetheless inspirational for a generation or two of young people and a lot of musicians who cite him as an influence. Is it possible for Christians to celebrate his life now?
https://www.facebook.com/AxisOfAwesome/photos/a.410663076651.193617.17043326651/10153128992451652/?type=3&theater
http://www.christianpost.com/news/david-bowie-icon-experimented-christianity-dies-cancer-154623/#VqBupuyDtuXeK3Dd.99

Not too far from that topic is:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/12093949/Tory-MPs-warn-that-Sunday-schools-could-be-banned-from-teaching-that-marriage-is-between-a-man-and-a-woman.html
Of course, here, marriage is no longer between a man and a woman – the statement has shifted between the body of the article and the title from “should be” to “is”…

Linked with that is:-
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidhenson/2016/01/not-dead-yet-saving-sunday-school-by-returning-to-its-justice-roots

In Depth / Second 30 Minutes

Dealing with problems on “our team” be it a political party,  Christians in history (e.g., Inquisition), etc.  There is a tendency to either defend them regardless or immediately cast them out (i.e,  the Inquisition was done by people who were not really Christians.)  But actually accepting and dealing with them is much harder. As I’m somewhat disillusioned with what has traditionally been “my team” from around 1968 until I gave up politics in 2005…

Global Christian Perspectives, January 8, 2016

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/militia-issue-video-call-arms-7110608
What is going on here, and what should Christians think of it?

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/05/us/wheaton-college-professor-hijab/
Is this a reasonable (or Christian) attitude? (leading into…)

It is 50 years since Nostra Aetate. Have we made much forward movement in interfaith dialogue, and what can we do (or should we do) to improve this?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06r4gpq
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/10/orthodox_rabbis_issue_groundbreaking_statement_on_christians/1193458
https://behindthenewsisrael.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/vatican-jews-dont-need-christ-to-be-saved/

Connected with that is this, calling for a more secular England:-
http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/08/christian-muslim-britain-uk-england/
We are not very committed to Christianity by US standards (and I see this relating to the States)
http://zackhunt.net/2015/12/07/are-we-finally-witnessing-the-death-of-christianity-in-america/
but we still have an “established church”. Granted, if the “established church” had been as it currently is in 1776, I doubt the freedom of religion clause would have passed!

The Nostra Aetate item could also fuel a discussion as to the extent to which the Pope is able to speak for Christians who are not Catholics (and remind people that Catholics are a majority of Christians), and/or discussion as to whether aiming for “one Church” is a viable way to move (after recent moves from the Pope to draw closer to the Lutherans and Orthodox, and similar moves from the Archbishop of Canterbury regarding the Orthodox.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/10/orthodox_rabbis_issue_groundbreaking_statement_on_christians/1193458