February 27, 2016

Religious literacy is key to solving social problems of misunderstanding and insecurity.  Yet I do not see it as requiring extensive factual knowledge, and certainly do not equate it with religious commitment.

Indeed religiously committed people often lack religious lit...

February 26, 2016

The Marrakesh Declaration, ignored by the mainstream media, has been acclaimed as a new dawn by some commentators: as promising an era of tolerance and pluralistic harmony in the Muslim-majority regions, where religious minorities have suffered so much for so long....

February 24, 2016

The Trojan Horse affair came as little surprise to me. I had long witnessed the ways that cross-cultural pressures – minority/majority, religious/nationalist, tribal/family – work on individuals and society.

Having been Principal of the Tyndale Biscoe School in Sri...

February 19, 2016

The realpolitik of life in Syria means that individuals and groups are, at a time of deepening crisis, being forced to choose between support for the Government or one of the opposition groups.

On a trip to Syria, in which we visited Christian communities urgently in ne...

February 12, 2016

Relations between the rulers of Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabi clerics that control its religious life, and the Wahhabi-inspired so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) have come under increasing scrutiny in the Arab world and globally.

Like many features of life in the Saudi kingdom...

February 3, 2016

The recent suspension of a tenured lecturer at one of America’s foremost Christian colleges over her views on Islam is a symptom of a sensitive fault line among evangelicals.

  

The question of whether the God of the Qur'an is the same as the God of the Bible is an...

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