Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald

Faith no more: Questions over a liberal approach as Church of Scotland affiliation plummets In todays Herald there is yet again another article on the decline of the Church of Scotland….It reflects what we have been saying on this blog for years…. The full report is below….with some reflections afterwards. QUESTIONS have been raised about how the Church of Scotland’s more liberal approach will help public … Continue reading Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald

Kevin McKenna – It is time to stand up to those who wish to criminalise faith – article in The Herald

I have been arguing for years that our society is becoming more intolerant, not less and that in rejecting our Christian roots we will end up rejecting our Christian fruits (including tolerance).   I have tried, often without success, to get this message, into the secular media – but occasionally there are shafts of light that break through and wee victories which encourage.  Today is … Continue reading Kevin McKenna – It is time to stand up to those who wish to criminalise faith – article in The Herald

The Dumbing Down of Scottish Intellectualism

We sometimes lament the ‘dumbing down’ of modern UK and Scottish society.    This is widely perceived as a critique of those who think EastEnders is high culture, McDonald’s cordon bleu cookery, and that The Daily Star is a newspaper. In other words it’s a form of intellectual snobbery.    I think our society is dumbing down in many ways, but something happened this week that … Continue reading The Dumbing Down of Scottish Intellectualism

When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part 2 – The Nightmare

I am so thankful I split this essay into three parts – because after the publication of When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part 1 – The Fantasy  I received a large amount of correspondence which proves what I had written in part two below! 1) The SNP has chosen to ignore, mock and abuse, or allow to be abused, Scottish … Continue reading When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part 2 – The Nightmare

An Encouraging Tale- The Herald and Christianity in the Public (George) Square!

Imagine the scene.  After a visit to a man with cancer, I was walking down Byres road in Glasgow, heading for the subway to travel to speak at Creationfest in George Square.  I was feeling a bit discouraged after a tough week.  I was especially discouraged by a nasty, vicious and lying letter from the Secular Society published in the Dundee Courier, the continued backlash from … Continue reading An Encouraging Tale- The Herald and Christianity in the Public (George) Square!

Call Kaye – But Don’t Challenge the Status Quo

The wonderful Spiked online have some of the most insightful and stimulating journalism you will find. Not for them the bland shibboleths of contemporary culture. Although not Christian I sometimes think they have more of a prophetic voice than the pathetic whimpers that so often come from Establishment Christianity. Their article on the horrific Orlando mass murder was superb. http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-orlando-massacre-and-the-crisis-of-humanism/18452#.V2FEL-YrL_R It talks about how in … Continue reading Call Kaye – But Don’t Challenge the Status Quo

The Invisible Church, Cyber Theology and Online Baptism

Normally as we head towards the Church of Scotland Assembly, there are a string of stories released by their press office that vie to get into the press. This year the one that seems to have grabbed most attention is the story headlined ‘Kirk’s online baptism bid’. The press office might be pleased that they have a ‘hit’ but they should be careful – because … Continue reading The Invisible Church, Cyber Theology and Online Baptism

The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland

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 until next week (by the way thanks to all my … Continue reading The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland

The Shaming of our Country – Letter in The Herald

I wrote this letter to The Herald in the light of the Tory spokespersons reported remarks about me.   They did ask for it.  I refuse to be bullied into silence.   I should also point out that many Ghanaians have been in touch with me to thank me and also to say that they did consider the treatment of their President rude and racist. … Continue reading The Shaming of our Country – Letter in The Herald

Are the Tories Racist? Am I Bonkers?

  There are two articles in todays papers concerning my comments re the visit of President Mahama of Ghana to Scotland.  They are very revealing. Racism row develops over Ghana’s gay rights The Courier & Advertiser 23 Mar 2016 The Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland has been branded “bonkers” after accusing the leaders of two Scottish political parties of being racist.Dundee- based the … Continue reading Are the Tories Racist? Am I Bonkers?