Saturday, 12 January 2013
Mark Vernon writes for The Guardian Spiritual, but not religious? A dangerous mix.
Miranda Threlfall-Holmes writes about Normality and Deviance.
Jill Segger writes for Ekklesia about Much ado about bishops: time for a more humane dispensation?
Mark Beach writes for the Church Times about New ecumenism at work.
Paul Vallely writes in the Church Times that They want people to be ashamed.
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 11:00am GMT
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Engaging article by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes. Reading it, I was remined of a comment by Bernard Lonergan, who noted that classicists think of culture as normative and their own culture as the norm.
The title of Mark Vernon's article seems to me most unfortunate, as does at least some of its content. For one thing, the article tells us little about the research to which it alludes. What kind of interviews are we talking about? How was the sample composed? What are the articles the findings of which this one purports to corroborate. Moreover, there is plenty of evidence to contradict what is said here, including sound research in the psychology of religion showing there to be higher rates of psychopathology amongst the religiously committed than amongst those who are not, and offering convincing evidence that people describing themselves as "spiritual but not religious" are more open-minded than religious people, as healthy or not, more tolerant, less prejudiced, and better at acting in accordance with their principles and stated values than the religious are, particularly in settings where group pressure and reward are removed. We need to know much more before the title of this article would be warranted, and have before us a publication that obfuscates as much as it informs. How unfortunate!
It will be interesting to see how the Church of England House of Bishops responds to this full frontal attack by the G.S. Primates - followed now by Nazi-Ali/ACNA's questioning of their authority to allow Gay Bishops in the C.of E.?