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books A CATHOLIC REPLIES TO PROFESSOR DAWKINS Thomas Crean op Family Publications, 160pp, pbk 978 1871217704, £8.50 The Dawkins Debate continues to rage. Apart from the contributions of numerous bloggers (google the Professors name and be amazed) there have been [...]


Ireland Reflections stateside As the American church once again takes centre stage, these reflections by the Bishop of Down and Dromore in the Church of Ireland offer a particularly acute and lucid perspective. Written now from experiences six years earlier, [...]

Forward in Faith update

National Assembly When we all met at Central Hall, Westminster for the first Forward in Faith National Assembly way back in September 1994, our detractors were all quite certain that Forward in Faith was but a very temporary organisation. How [...]

30 days

Boy Bishop The diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has itself a new bishop, consecrated early last month. So far, so pedestrian. But, at just 32 years of age, the Right Revd Sean W Rowe is now the youngest member of the [...]

Touching Place

KEBLE COLLEGE, OXFORD John Keble was a very humble and a very good man. His contemporaries were in no doubt; they believed him to be a living saint. Immediately after his death in 1866, they decided to build an Oxford [...]

Sacred vision

Spencer - St Francis and the Birds It is tempting to dismiss this humorous painting, rejected by the Royal Academy in 1935, as naive, quaint and faintly ridiculous. But the image of St Francis as a fat friar surrounded by [...]

The exorcisms

Jesus' exorcisms are not just a subset of his miracles - they reveal the reason he was sent Patrick Henry Reardon is a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity Not until our Lord, at his baptism, was [...]


Harvest thanksgiving Arthur Middleton Seasonal rhythm When I was five, I remember a significant moment. It was a summer Saturday afternoon and I was standing in the street, anticipating my mother s news that we were to have the first [...]

VIII Civil partnerships

To the point Most forms for a Christian job IWI application (e.g. parish priest) will only have the following categories: Single, Married, Divorced, Widowed. I have entered into a civil partnership, which is private to me and my partner and [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Love of money Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House 'The love of money,' writes St Paul, I 'is the root of all evil.' Money and the use of it is a vexing subject for the Christian. Jesus [...]

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