Claim: “Faith will prevail over Atheism”

Oxford Professor Alister McGrath most probably truly does believe that faith will prevail over non-belief, but if you are expecting his claim to be a well-reasoned evidence based one, then I’m afraid that you will be rather disappointed to discover that it is not, but is instead the usual religious hand-waving. The context here is that he delivered one of the annual Parchman Lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, and it is there that he proceeded with a lecture billed as “Why Faith […]


UK Government vs 3 humanist parents … the parents win 1

This is quite frankly a huge win, and a big step forward for religious education, as explained on the British Humanist Association website … In a landmark judgment handed down in the High Court today, a judge has ruled in favour of the three humanist parents and their children who challenged the Government’s relegation of non-religious worldviews in the latest subject content for GCSE Religious Studies. In his decision, Mr Justice Warby stated that the Government had made an ‘error of law’ […]


Bad Idea: “Hey, let’s go bomb ISIS” 1

The standard knee-jerk reaction to an atrocity is to pick some almost random target in the middle east and proceed to bomb it or invade it. If you look back, clearly this has not worked out all that well … ever … and yet here we are about to embark upon more of the same, and so perhaps the one thing we learn from all this is that sometimes we simply do not learn from our past mistakes. I think that […]


Banning Prayer Advertisements in UK Cinemas 1

There appears to have been a bit of a fuss about the Church of England wanting to deploy an advertisement involving prayer, they claim it was banned and cite free-speech concerns. As reported by the BBC … The Church of England has said it is “disappointed and bewildered” by the refusal of leading UK cinemas to show an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The Church called the decision “plain silly” and warned it could have a “chilling” effect on free […]


Is ISIS simply a group of Psychopaths?

When faced with the reality of their abhorrent behaviour, especially when they appear to relish and delight in proudly promoting it, a rather natural thought is that they are simply crazy, or to be a tad more clinical, they are a gang of psychopaths. A psychopath is an individual who acts in an uninhibited manner without any empathy or remorse, they do not feel what we feel, and act in a totally self-centred manner. On the surface that appears to fit. […]


Exactly how much support does ISIS have?

ISIS has managed to attract some rather suggestible people into abandoning their existing life and fleeing to Syria to join up and fight for the cause, the term they use to describe this is “Hijra”. The observation that many have walked this road leaves you wondering just how much support they actually have, and so to answer that we need not guess, but can fall back upon some real data. Pew Research published the results of a Poll on 17th Nov that […]