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Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Smug and weird — no wonder it’s a turn-off

Congregations need to welcome newcomers with a sensitivity to their questions and doubts, says Christopher Whitby

When God plays biased dice

When God plays biased dice

Small miracles can happen; it is well worth praying for them, argues Adrian Low

Why stress can be good for children

A well-intentioned education policy could have unwelcome results, says Trevor Barnes

Meet face to face to take action

Meet face to face to take action

Religiously motivated violence can be countered by relationships, argues Justin Welby

Mary Magdalen — the patron saint of change

Mary Magdalen — the patron saint of change

The saint offers a pattern that the Church needs, right now, for facing its transformation, says Tess Kuin Lawton

New universes mean new ideas about God

New universes mean new ideas about God

Developments in cosmology will require fresh ways of describing God’s creation, argues Ted Harrison

Francis is naïve on climate change

Francis is naïve on climate change

The Pope’s ideas will not hinder poverty, say Peter Forster and Bernard Donoughue

Why personal freedom is a dissatisfying fantasy

Why personal freedom is a dissatisfying fantasy

Current ideas of individual autonomy fail to admit the importance of social involvement, argues Hugh Rayment-Pickard

Neither wild prophets nor boring managers

Neither wild prophets nor boring managers

A Christian understanding of priestly leadership has much to offer the secular world, suggests Graham Tomlin

Learning the prayer of the heart

Learning the prayer of the heart

Contemplative prayer means engagement with the world, suggests Ian Cowley

They try to help but now need help themselves

They try to help but now need help themselves

Government cuts mean that church volunteers who care for the poor are buckling under the strain, says Catherine Pickford

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