Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

 by The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this weeks, Sunday Herald.   It is a generally accurate  and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today.   One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed.  They think that the churches are failing to keep up with the spirit of the times and … Continue reading Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

Religion in Scots Law and Education

  It’s an old truism, that he who pays the piper calls the tune. Therefore it is no surprise that a £40,000 report, Religion in Scots Law, paid for by the Scottish Humanists and ‘researched’ by their own supporters should come up with the pre-determined ‘results’ that they were looking for. However apart from a brief mention of a couple of press releases the response … Continue reading Religion in Scots Law and Education

Why Creflo Dollar is not Welcome in Scotland

  The latest follow up to this is now published Here The National carried the following report in its Saturday edition.   There have been some Christians who are unhappy with my comments (whats new?!).  But their criticisms at first sight appear reasonable and therefore I would like to do them the courtesy of answering: Why speak so strongly against a Christian brother in the secular press? … Continue reading Why Creflo Dollar is not Welcome in Scotland

A Star Wars take on the Interfaith Report on Religion and Public Life in Britain

The Interfaith commission on religion and public life makes fascinating reading – I write about it in my latest column in Christian Today – Star Wars Report Here is the text: I am director of an organisation called Solas Centre for Public Christianity. Our concern is with the way Christianity is both being privatised and sidelined in contemporary European culture and our mission is to enable … Continue reading A Star Wars take on the Interfaith Report on Religion and Public Life in Britain

The End of Christian Britain?

This is an article I wrote for Premier  which was published yesterday in response to the interfaith commissions report.  Obviously it is something that we will return to in Solas as it is our bread and butter! A two-year interfaith commission has come up with a report that is bound to cause a little bit of controversy. The 150-page report actually makes for fascinating reading and … Continue reading The End of Christian Britain?

Christian vs Humanist view on Education on the BBC – An ‘Interesting’ Interview

I am sitting in Costas having just been in the BBC studios debating live with Gordon MacRae of the Humanist Society of Scotland on behalf of what they described as the Solas think tank!   I am a wee bit stunned because the Lord answered prayer in so many ways.  Yesterday we mentioned the importance of education at the launch of the Solas magazine and … Continue reading Christian vs Humanist view on Education on the BBC – An ‘Interesting’ Interview

Letter in The Courier – Its all about toleration.

Letter: It’s all about toleration The Courier 12 Mar 2015 Sir, – Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society (Letters, March 9) resorts to mockery and scaremongering to tell us why Christian values should be removed from education. To link Scripture Union and the bible with homophobic bullying is a cheap and nasty shot, sadly all too typical of the kind of propaganda the atheist … Continue reading Letter in The Courier – Its all about toleration.

Banning Christian Books from Christian Schools – Humanist Intolerance Strikes Again

The following report appeared in The Herald Humanists have been condemned by the Free Church of Scotland for lobbying a head teacher in an attempt to ban Christian books from schools. But the Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS) says while it supports the study of different religions in schools, young children should not be targeted with “evangelical” material. Gary McLelland, HSS’s Policy and Public Affairs … Continue reading Banning Christian Books from Christian Schools – Humanist Intolerance Strikes Again

Charming ‘Quench’ in Costas

A Report on an Entertaining and Encouraging Evening in Morningside Last night (Thursday the 12th of Feb) I had the privilege of speaking at a “Quench’ event organised by Chalmers Church in Edinburgh. It was held in Costa Coffee at Holy Corner, Morningside, and was on the subject of ‘A Christian view of Education”. It is a charming venue and most of the people were … Continue reading Charming ‘Quench’ in Costas

Battle between Faith Leaders and Secularists – Sunday Herald Article. 23rd Nov 2014

THE BATTLE BETWEEN FAITH LEADERS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO KEEP RELIGION OUT OF PUBLIC LIFE IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY BITTER Scotland’s culture war: secularists and church head-to-head Judith Duffy Sunday 23 November 2014 THERE are accusations of McCarthyism and Trojan-horse tactics which make this clash over the role of church and state sound straight out of the American Culture Wars. But while it is not … Continue reading Battle between Faith Leaders and Secularists – Sunday Herald Article. 23rd Nov 2014