• The Opportunity of New Leadership

    Posted on: 08/01/14  |  Posted By: Charles Clarke  |  Category: Blog

    In 2013 we got a new Pope, a new Archbishop of Canterbury and a new Chief Rabbi. As far as I can make out only once before have all these three faiths got a new leader in the same year. This was in 1758 when Clement 13, Thomas...

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  • Youth work and church growth: what works

    Posted on: 12/12/13  |  Posted By: Naomi Stanton  |  Category: Blog

    My research into young people’s experiences of Christian youth work challenges the dominant assumption that it is the young that have rejected the church. It’s the churches which too often reject the young. I encountered many...

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  • Unlikely Bedfellows? The Supreme Court Considers Christianity and Homosexuality

    Posted on: 02/12/13  |  Posted By: Mark Hill  |  Category: Blog

    There was something of an inevitability about the decision of the Supreme Court concerning the refusal of Christian hoteliers to provide a double room to a couple in a same-sex relationship: Bull & Bull v Preddy & Hall...

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  • A Blessing in Disguise?

    Posted on: 29/11/13  |  Posted By: Simon Reader  |  Category: Blog

    The Pilling Report is all about distinctions, and distinctions matter. The commission which produced it offers eighteen “findings and recommendations”. Points two through eighteen read as recommendations, articulating what...

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  • Surveys reveal widening gulf between Catholics and Church teaching

    Posted on: 18/11/13  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    As the Vatican surveys the opinions of Catholics in dioceses and parishes around the world, three large polls I carried out this year with YouGov for the Westminster Faith Debates reveal a profile of British Catholics adrift from...

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  • What Catholics really think about sex

    Posted on: 08/11/13  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    A survey of Catholic opinion is to be undertaken to inform the Synod of Bishops which will meet in 2014 to discuss “the pastoral challenges of the family.” As it happens, I recently carried out extensive surveys of Catholic...

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  • Hard Core with Soft Edges: the Catholic Church’s appeal to young people in the Philippines

    Posted on: 28/10/13  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    The Philippines is the only country in the world which still outlaws divorce. It outlaws abortion too. The Catholic hierarchy are proud of that record and want to safeguard it. They’ve recently been fighting tooth and nail...

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  • The Church of England is losing followers faster than God

    Posted on: 10/10/13  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    Of all the findings from our YouGov for Westminster Faith Debates surveys, these two graphs tell the most powerful story about the Church of England’s decline.  They need to be viewed together: Graph 1: Religious affiliation...

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  • Faith schools: why everyone lies

    Posted on: 10/10/13  |  Posted By: Andrew Brown  |  Category: Blog

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    In September we published findings from our Westminster Faith Debate survey on faith schools (see Research).  The Guardian published a piece by Zoe Williams citing the poll, which took a strong anti-faith schools line (the...

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  • Care for the poor is a luxury the Church of England can’t afford

    Posted on: 10/10/13  |  Posted By: Linda Woodhead  |  Category: Blog

    We are living through a very significant historical change: the collapse of the historic churches which have shaped British society and culture.  The Church of England, by law established, leads the way.  Our YouGov for the...

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