Tuesday, September 16, 2003


For many years, it seems, the influence of the US religious right has been restricted in terms of its impact on faith communities in Britain. Now that is beginning to change. One of the first areas in which the new climate is blowing is education, where two 'Christian schools' (in Gateshead and Middlesborough, respectively), have declared that they will teach 'creationism' (a grotesque distortion of biblical faith) alongside evolutionary biology -- which will in turn be described, quite disengenuously, as 'a faith position.' It is sad that new generations are coming into existence whose experience of Christianity may be that of a religion which turns its back on reason and the enormous gains of scientific discovery. This is far from how the tradition has been in the past. Here are some resources and reactions to the current situation. See also Faith and Reason.

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