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Radical Faith Exploring fundamentals of faith in a changed world
Christmas is one of the few
annual feasts of the Christian faith to be kept by many in the West. On
the day many millions of words will issue from the pulpit - to be
received with bland tolerance by those for whom the occasion is a social
custom. The truth is that Preaching
to a congregation in church may well slowly disappear in the coming
A few days ago the worldwide
Church celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. In an era when kings are
few and far between this may seems strange to many. In The
Republic of Heaven, Anthony Freeman explains how a declining
Church needs to recognise that Christ's kingship subverts any
attempt to use it for worldly power and influence - as many do.
those who are open to venturing beyond traditional Christian
teaching, some challenging viewpoints are presented here.
Prayer has always played a central and essential part in the
lives of most Christians and in the teaching of the worldwide Church
in all its many varieties. But it has also occasioned many questions
and doubts. In What
Happens When We Pray? Tanya Luhrmann suggests some answers -
for example, ways in which we can better hear God's side in the
dialogue which many have claimed arises from prayer at its best.
a seven-year-old Christian boy, has been brutally
tortured and then killed by Hindus in Rajasthan, India [More]
Supreme Court of New Zealand has given the Anglican
Church permission to demolish Christchurch Cathedral
after it was damaged by an earthquake [More]
Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations With
States, has warned Europe's governments of growing
anti-Christian forces in the area [More]
Pakistan Catholic Bishops Commission has revealed that
accusations of blasphemy have quadrupled of late [More]
while the Muslim Sharia Court has ruled that death is the
only valid penalty for the offence [More]
Some 1200 Catholic and Protestant churches in Holland
will be closed in the next five years [More]
An Irish university has suspended its branch of the
Catholic Legion of Mary for distributing a pamphlet urging
homosexuals to adopt chastity [More] -------------------------------------------
Dictum Jerry Newcombe thinks that Christmas marks open season
for attacks on the truthfulness of the gospels.