Gleanings from the news: Technology, Humanism, Science, Welby

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We talk in church about stewarding time, talents and treasure; maybe (following Barna group research) we should teach how to steward technology too, says this article, “If Jesus had a smartphone”, in Leadership Magazine. I’m convinced already.

Hot on the heels of debate about the restriction of English school curricula to British authors (so no To Kill A Mocking Bird, then) comes the new “religion-based” RE curriculum. It’s come in for flak, says The Telegraph, from a lobby led by Lord Williams who want more humanism (perhaps more accurately called atheism) included, but the Department response is that nearly half is still philosophy and “humanism”, not religion. Fair enough.

Now that we’ve reacquainted ourselves with a bit of cosmology by watching “The Theory of Everything” here’s a fascinating precis of the current state of play in (post-) empirical science, which could even point to God, from the ever-interesting James White on his Church & Culture blog.

Once again Justin Welby has said something pointed and wise, this time about freedom of religion, managing to combine humility with boldness at once.

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