The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you BY KATIE ENGELHART (Credit: Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon) Organized Atheism is now a franchise. Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist Church” that has, since its January launch, been stealing headlines the world over—announced a new “global missionary tour.” In October and November, affiliated Sunday Assemblies … More Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?
ANALYSIS Why the IPCC report matters The latest climate change denial claim ahead of the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report is that global warming stopped in 1998. A slowing in the observed rate of global warming has prompted dubious suggestions that temperatures have not increased significantly in the past 15 … More Debunking the ‘Pause’ Myth
The promise of awesome worship. That’s what got me rocking up to a Planetshakers meeting. And I wasn’t disappointed. They said ‘awesome’ twenty times. Planetshakers is a megachurch, which is like a spiritual mega-meal-deal. Pizza, Coke, chocolate Bavarian. If we could masticate it for you and pump it into your stomach, we would. Because we … More Planetshakers
The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images) The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no … More The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East
Hatred in a head count RWANDAN Muslims were once held in low esteem. They were traders in a land where farmers held prestige. Moreover they were socially and politically negligible, constituting roughly 5 per cent of the population, and largely confined to the unspectacular neighbourhood of Kigali. Then came the genocide of 1994 in which … More Are Muslim People Violent by Nature?
The story of John Smith and the formation of God’s Squad Christian motorcycle Club is a story of faith, guts and mission – John Smith is one of Australia’s most under-recogonised and yet brilliant theologians. Please watch these videoas and if you can, please help support it with even a small ofer of a donation. … More Feature Length Doco on John Smith and God’s Squad needs your support
Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves; they will have no end of fun. Blessed are those who can tell a mountain from a molehill; they will be saved a lot of bother. Blessed are those who know how to relax without looking for excuses; they are on their way to becoming wise. … More A rewriting of some of the Beatitudes
“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” –John Maynard Keynes Few adjectives produce more of an emotional charge than “fundamentalist.” It conjures up images of unhinged radical mobs in neuvo-Klan attire (indiscriminately) firing their AK-47’s in the air, or of barefoot ignoramuses clutching their Bibles and getting excited to … More The Jewish View of Creationism
I know a week is a long time in blogging, but every now and then, especially after a few heated debates, we probably ought to clear the air and show a little Christian brotherhood by actually being friendly on an entire thread. I’m not sure how you want to approach this, or even if you … More Be nice to each other week!