February 9, 2009

‘Another Thought for the Day’ opens airwaves to atheism

by David Masters

The Guardian website has launched a new alternative to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day (TFTD). ‘Another Thought for the Day’ will be available daily as a podcast download from the newspaper’s website. In choosing contributors, the Guardian aims to be more inclusive than the BBC and offers a slot on the airwaves to […]




February 6, 2009

Tony Blair: faith ‘motivates, galvanises and inspires’

by David Masters

Tony Blair was invited to give the keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC yesterday morning. Blair – famous for ‘not doing God’ during his time as British Prime Minister – used the opportunity to highlight the positives of faith as an inspiring force for good. “For billions of people, faith motivates, […]




February 5, 2009

Bus wars continue with Christian fightback

by David Masters

Three Christian groups are planning a campaign of retaliation against the ‘There’s probably no God’ bus adverts. The atheists adverts, paid for by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and displayed on 800 buses, read: “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” In response to the perceived blasphemy, an unlikely trio […]




February 3, 2009

Nurse suspended for offering prayer to patient

by David Masters

A Christian nurse has been suspended after offering to pray with an elderly patient. Caroline Petrie, 45, offered to pray for 79-year-old May Phippen’s recovery. Ms Phippen declined the offer and thought little more of it. However, Ms Phippen mentioned the incident to another nurse, and subsequently Ms Petrie was told not to report for […]




February 2, 2009

New York nuns to build eco-convent

by David Masters

An order of Episcopalian nuns in West Harlem, New York are planning to replace their dilapidated convent with a state of the art eco-friendly building. Plans for the convent include using recycled bricks and glass for construction, planting a vegetable garden on the rooftop to make the most of rainwater, and skylights to let in […]




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