This is a short talk I gave at the European Leadership Forum in Poland. It is an attempt to give an overview of secularism, what it is and how we communicate the Gospel in a secular society. I hope this is helpful …
No sooner do I begin my new series of the state of the Church in Scotland than the Scottish Social Attitudes survey is published, resulting in headlines along the lines of ‘Atheists now the majority in Scotland’. I was going to move on to the Catholic Church this week but that will have to wait … More The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland
This article appeared on the Premier Christianity Website Why the Government’s anti-extremism plans are the biggest threat to church freedom in 100 years They mean well. They really do. They want to stop British children being radicalised by Islamic extremists and prevent suicide bombers in Birmingham, Glasgow or London. They are embarrassed that there are more … More Government Extremist Threat to Christian Freedom
Having posted my original article Arguing with Atheists on Saturday, I avoided social media on the Lords Day, and returned to find, much as I expected, the normal reactions that one gets when one touches the sacred cows of the New Fundamentalist Atheism. It would be too tiresome to list all the abuse and insults but … More Arguing with Atheists = Part 2 – The Atheists Respond
http://www.solas-cpc.org/wp/2015/07/quantum-of-solas-36/ Gordon MacDonald and Al Smith discuss David Cameron, British Values, Islam, Tim Farron, Education, the Media, Food banks and Christian managers.
This is the talk I gave at the Free Church of Scotland Assembly today….its lengthy but some people were asking for the full text..I did not deliver it exactly to script – if you want to see the sermon then you can watch it here…the text is below. May the Lord use it for his glory.. … More Free Church of Scotland
I wrote the following ‘Christmas message’ as a reflection which the Free Church put on its website. I had not anticipated the take up by the press (so far as I aware the Scotsman, Herald, Evening Telegraph and Courier have run with it as a story), nor did I expect such a bitter response (of … More No Room for Jesus – A Christmas Message meets with a Bitter Response that Proves its Point!
This is my talk from the Out of the Silent Church Conference – Solas Day 22nd November 2014 given at St Peters Church in Dundee. There are some additions and changes. The full talk will soon be available online or on DVD. It was a great day…..I believe this is a really important subject and … More Equality and Christian Secularism – Talk Given at Solas Day – 22nd November 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 … More Battle between Faith Leaders and Secularists – Sunday Herald Article. 23rd Nov 2014
Secularist attacks on faith are on the rise, says David Robertson The term Trojan Horse has suddenly become very popular in the media and the Twittersphere. This is because of the Birmingham schools debacle where extremist Islamists were deemed to have attempted to take control of state schools from within. Sadly the emotive use of … More Beware the Trojan Horse of Secularism – Solas Article in The Scotsman