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The Real Merlin

Poisonous mandrake plants are due to be hurled into the River Danube and queen witch Bratara Buzea has devised a spell involving cat dung and a dead dog. No, this isn't the plot from the next series of Merlin. This is the response of some in Romania to the imposition of new income tax and health and...

John Hayward   Posted: 7 January 2011   No comments

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The Nativity: Was Jesus Welcomed or Rejected?

Just two of this season's headlines inspired by the traditional presentation of the nativity story include 'No Room in the Inn: Unborn Children Rejected Like Jesus' and the New Scientist's 'Away in a vermin-infested manger'—but is this really a faithful interpretation of the biblical account? Picture...

John Hayward   Posted: 22 December 2010   6 comments

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The Top Seven Christian Blogs

With literally hundreds of votes cast, our summer-long search to identify the best Christian blogs that, like the Jubilee Centre, seek to demonstrate the continued relevance of the bible to the world today or otherwise give a Christian perspective on social and political concerns of interest to the world...

John Hayward   Posted: 2 November 2010   No comments

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What is Fairness and Whose Money is it Anyway? Part 3

‘Fairness means creating a welfare system that helps the vulnerable, supports people into work and is affordable for the working families who pay for it from their taxes. Fairness also means that, across the entire deficit reduction plan, those with the broadest shoulders will bear the greatest...

Alan White   Posted: 22 October 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Finance & the Economy, Worldviews & Culture,

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Open Letter to the Minister of State for Schools

'I’m proud to call myself a supporter of faith schools – and Catholic schools in particular – because they have such a strong track-record of building strong communities that work together to help one another and of supporting the most disadvantaged. We want to learn from you and are...

John Hayward   Posted: 21 October 2010   2 comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Education,

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The Best Christian Blogs Search

Two months ago we launched a search for the best Christian blogs that engage in social and political issues of interest to the world outside the Church. In all, we received sixteen nominations, although one of these was the Jubilee Centre's own blog, which we obviously cannot allow to proceed to the...

John Hayward   Posted: 22 September 2010   15 comments

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Papal Visit to 'Third World' Britain

If we accept the Vatican's explanation that Cardinal Walter Kasper's comments comparing Britain to a Third World country referred to the UK's multicultural society (and not to the excessive bureaucracy or even corruption that seems increasingly pervasive), then one wonders what the alternative would...

John Hayward   Posted: 16 September 2010   No comments

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International Burn a Koran Day

Does the international furore over the Dove World Outreach Center's plans say more about the Florida church's twisted idea of what constitutes 'outreach' or the world's fear of militant Islam? The church's pastor, Terry Jones, claims their plans to burn several hundred copies of the Qur'an on Saturday,...

John Hayward   Posted: 9 September 2010   3 comments

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Hawking: Not Needed for Creation

Still jetlagged from a summer in California, I am intrigued by the intense media interest in the latest book by British physicist Stephen Hawking and his supposedly troubling pronouncement that 'God was not needed to create the Universe'. I hope it won't be considered too facetious to wonder which newspaper...

John Hayward   Posted: 3 September 2010   8 comments

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Book Review: Wayne Grudem's Politics - According to the Bible

From the author who 'condensed' the complexities of the bible into the 1291-page 'Systematic Theology' comes this indispensable 624-page guide to 'Politics - According to the Bible'. Claiming to be 'A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture', and thus going...

John Hayward   Posted: 26 August 2010   No comments

Keywords: Christianity & Religion, Government & Foreign Affairs,

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