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Charles Clarke opposes creationism

Charles Clarke (recent Home Secretary) stepped into the controversy over creationism by declaring that he was ‘totally opposed’ to the concept.

Mr Clarke, who said that he did not believe in God, insisted that science was the basis for progress and praised Charles Darwin as one of the greatest scientists in history.

‘It is certain, in my view, that Creationism is antiscientific and as I believe that science should be the route of where we go, I therefore do not approve of it’, he said at a London conference. He added that it was acceptable for schools to teach that there were people who held a creationist point of view.

His remarks follow an interview given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, in which he said that he opposed the teaching of Creationism in science lessons. Dr. Williams told The Guardian that it diminished rather than enhanced the biblical story of the origins of the world. ‘I think creationism is, in a sense, a kind of category mistake, it’s not as if the writer of Genesis, or whatever, sat down and said, ‘’Well, how am I going to explain all this? I know: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’’. So if Creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories, I think there’s just been a jarring of categories. It’s not what it’s about’.

His comments will refuel the debate over whether Creationism or ‘intelligent design’ should be taught in schools alongside Evolution. While the issue is most contentious in the American Bible Belt, in the UK creationism has been promoted in at least one academy sponsored by the evangelical businessman Sir Peter Vardy.

Creationism is anti-scientific and as I believe that science should be the route of where we go.
Source – The Guardian


Christian charity Open Doors has voiced concerns about possible international sanctions against North Korea and the effect they may have on Christians within the country. According to Open Doors, up to 70,000 North Korean Christians are imprisoned because of their faith, and there is ‘no freedom or opportunity’ to share one’s beliefs with others. The organisation expressed concerns that, should sanctions be applied in response to North Korea’s recent test firing of nuclear missiles, imprisoned Christians may stand the risk of increased persecution.

Sources: Christian Today (5/7); MMN Online (6/7)


The closure of a Christian discipleship course for inmates of Dartmoor Prison has given rise to fears for the future of similar prison programmes, such as the Alpha Course. The Alpha-style course, Inner Change, includes post-release follow-up and mentoring. It appears, however, that the Christian nature of the material is at variance with both the Prison Service’s diversity policy and the Chaplain General, William Noblett, who is currently asking prison chaplains to sign a multi-faith covenant requiring them not to ‘say or do anything which insults the faith of any other person’. Lady Georgie Watts of the Prison Fellowship expressed her disappointment and said the future of chaplaincy work in prisons was now ‘hanging in the balance’.

Source: Church of England Newspaper (7/7)


A year after the British Medical Association (BMA) narrowly adopted a neutral stance on euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, it has reinstated its original opposition to ending patients’ lives. After a heated debate, 65 per cent of the 500 doctors present rejected euthanasia. The vote came after the failure of Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill in the Lords in May. Earlier in the week, Dr. Peter Saunders of the Care not Killing coalition stressed the BMA’s isolation among physicians worldwide. The World Medical Association, comprising 80 national groups, had just announced its opposition to euthanasia.

Sources: BBC online (29/6); The Times (29/6)

Ring the changes for Charles’ Coronation

The next coronation should reflect recent changes in Britain’s religious landscape, according to Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Speaking during an interview for Channel 5 television, he said that while he hopes the ‘distinctively Christian character’ of the ceremony and coronation oath will remain, it needs to be more inclusive of other religions. The Times and Daily Telegraph report that Lord Carey’s opinion differs from the present Archbishop of Canterbury, who in 2003 affirmed Prince Charles’ unique relationship with the Christian church in the UK.

Source: Daily Telegraph (4/6); The Times (5/6)

No Da Vinci Code for China

Today is the last day Chinese cinema-goers can watch The Da Vinci Code on the big screen, before it is withdrawn allegedly ‘to make way for Chinese films’. Religious groups within China have protested against the film’s content, however a spokesperson for the distributor says the withdrawal is purely a ‘business decision’.

Sources: The Times (9/6)

Churches attack flouting of collective worship

Senior church figures have told the Education Secondary that secondary schools are restricting students’ spiritual and moral development by failing to organise regular collective worship. Representatives of the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches also asked Alan Johnson to introduce training in running religious assemblies and remind schools of their legal obligations. The joint statement said collective worship helped ‘equip young people to understand more about themselves, foster a sense of the aesthetic and to cope with lifechanging moments’. Ofsted admits that only 17 per cent of secondary schools comply with the law in holding a daily ‘broadly Christian’ assembly. Meanwhile, Oxford University has announced it is to revive its RE training to meet a national shortage of teachers of RE which has become the fastest-growing subject at GCSE and A-level.

Sources: The Guardian (13/6); Times Educational Supplement (16/6)

There are 30 articles in
ISSUE (2006, Volume 61 Issue 3)

1 Corinthians 9-10 (2)

Are you still in fellowship?

A Christian Worldview

Commission-Minded Assemblies

Cranmer Christian Fellowship Croydon

The Da Vinci Code


The Englishman’s Bible

Eternal Security

The Eyes of the Heart

The Fruit of the Spirit is Meekness

Gospel Work and other Activities

The Ground

His never-failing Love


A Lesson from the Past

The Letters of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor

The One Gospel and its New Style

A Paraphrase of Psalm 4

The Race

The Shock of Unexpected Change

Spiritual Reality/Unreality

The Return of Jesus Christ

A truthful tongue avoids half-truths


Views from the News

What God hath Joined

What the Bible Teaches – Song of Solomon and Isaiah

Why do I keep on making the same mistakes time after time?

Wise words from the book of Proverbs

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Springburn Gospel Hall, Glasgow

Christian Workers’ Relief Fund

Brass Tacks

Neston Gospel Hall, Wiltshire, England

Low Waters Gospel Hall, Hamilton, Scotland

Sharing Christ with Muslims - A basic Guide

The Moral Maze

Heroes of the Faith

Timeless truths about the local assembly

Timeless truths about the local assembly

Rebel without a Cause

Ten things God won’t ask on that day

Is what you do for the Lord, a job, or a ministry?

A brief history of Jalan Imbi Chapel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Valley of the Shadow

F. Cundick

Symposium of Bible Doctrine

E. W. Rogers

Harold P. Hobbs

‘Day by Day through the New Testament’ and other books available

How would we react to this Today?

‘Father God’

The First Day of the Week

Appendix to the Sweet Saviour Offerings,


Henry Miles Linton

Leonard Cave

The 1989 Christian Year Diaries

Caring for those who find themselves left to cope on their own

I have learned to be content

Christian Websites


Behold the Lamb

Joshua 14. 10.

Pastoral Insights (2)

No Replay Received!

Request Clear Answers (Leaflet)

False Teachers Active

Family Life Decaying

Harry Lacey

A truthful tongue avoids half-truths

Views from the News

Views from the News

Who Cares?


Believers under threat

Bryn Mawr Assembly, Philadelphia, USA

Views from the News

Managing your anger?

Winning souls with tracts

Nelson’s Ultimate Bible Reference Library

On-line Bible, Version 2.10

He is coming

‘But there is forgiveness with Thee’

Mal. 4. 6.

Blairhall Assembly, Scotland

Remember the Children and the Adults at Christmas

Bible Bytes

Egypt And Babylon

Training for Missionary Work

Are Things Ready To Die? - And If So What Then?

“A Rigid System Of Priorities”

Christ And You (Colossians)


A Guide To Personal Work

Some Salutary Questions

Let Every Man Take Heed - 1 Corinthians 3. 5-17