Is the Hulk Catholic? Vatican newspaper devotes page to the possible religious views of comic book heroes

Is the Hulk Catholic? Vatican newspaper devotes page to the possible religious views of comic book heroes

It’s often said that God has a sense of humour. While that may be difficult to confirm, it can certainly be said of the Vatican’s daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. In its latest foray into popular culture, the paper ran an article investigating ‘the religiousness of superheroes’ – including comic book favourites the Hulk, Batman and […]

Roger Bolton

BBC treats gay marriage opponents as ‘throwbacks’

The BBC thinks Christians who disagree with gay marriage are “throwbacks who are damaging the Church”, according to one of its presenters. Roger Bolton also said if the BBC interviews a Christian who objects to abortion on religious grounds, “they are treated as though they are just a bit barmy”. Mr Bolton was taking part […]

Tony Anthony

Globe-trotting ‘Kung-Fu Bodyguard’ evangelist Tony Anthony investigated over biography ‘lies’

A senior lawyer has been instructed by the Evangelical Alliance to investigate claims that a best-selling author and evangelist fabricated his remarkable life-story. Tony Anthony and trustees from his Essex-based global evangelism charity Avanti Ministries gave evidence to the inquiry, which was launched after it was revealed that his autobiography, on which the charity is […]

Rev David Robertson

BBC Radio Scotland to broadcast Free Church sermons throughout June

Sermons from a Free Church of Scotland minister will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland each Sunday in June. Preaching from Rev David Robertson, who is minister of St Peter’s in Dundee and director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, will be on the station’s ‘New Every Morning’ programme. The first broadcast will be […]

Seonag Mackinnon

General Assembly: God’s victory over Mammon in the communications business

Say what you like about religion – and of course you do – but the business of reporting on it is made much easier when a comms team like the Church of Scotland’s is around to assist, writes Bill Heaney. There was no question beforehand that the so-called ‘gay ministers in the Kirk’ debate was […]

Kirk tackles digital divide: 'Church of Scotland is totally switched on'

Kirk tackles digital divide: ‘Church of Scotland is totally switched on’

The Church of Scotland is totally switched on [sic] and committed to tackling the digital divide [sic]. The digital divide is the gap between those in society who have access to and the resources to regularly use new technology including the internet, social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and those who are unable to. […]

'Free' magazine

Free Church consider halting magazine publications

Because the circulation of the Free Church of Scotland publications – ‘The Record’ and ‘Free’ the youth magazine – are at best static or in decline – the Communications Committee is asking the Church to tell them whether they should continue with printed magazines in this electronic age. The issue is raised in the Communications […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Catholics urged to spread the word on Facebook

Catholicsw have been hurt and embarrassed by the “shameful revelations” surrounding the church’s leading figure in Scotland, according to the head of the faith’s biggest congregation in the country. In a message to parishes read at churches yesterday, Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia said the fall-out from the Cardinal Keith O’Brien scandal had highlighted how […]

Sir James Young Simpson

James Young Simpson ‘used spin’ to promote chloroform

Sir James Young Simpson, one of Scotland’s most famous doctors, over-spun religious objections to his ground-breaking use of chloroform in childbirth in order to promote the technique, a new study claims. Academics studying the life of Simpson believe that the Victorian physician was a gifted self-publicist who manufactured a ferocious row with the Church by […]

Gordon Bell with wife Kathleen

Free Kirk responds to ‘false claims’ in The Herald

A letter in a national newspaper today hit back at false claims from a “leading Church of Scotland source” that the Kirk’s evangelicals have more in common with gay ministers than the Free Church. Gordon Bell, communications officer for the Free Church, described the allegations by the source as “astonishing and totally ill-informed”. In an […]

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