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Making the case for religion

Criticise what Christians believe if you like, Paul Vallely tells the sceptics — but find out what it is first

ONE OF the things I find odd in debates between atheists and believers, is how keen atheists are to tell me what I believe. The atheists define the God they do not believe in, and then tell me it is the one I do believe in. When it is not. They offer a caricature of religion and then say, “There, it is absurd”. They always cite the most preposterously extreme examples.

I would prefer to define what I believe myself, and not have someone else do it for me. ...

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Not only dancing in the aisles

Not only dancing in the aisles

From skateboarding to real ale, churches are being used to engage with their localities in ever more imaginative ways. Pat Ashworth reports  Subscribe to read more

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