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The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

The debate over David Cameron’s call to Christianity has taken a wrong turn

Posted: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that the debate over David Cameron's assertions that the UK is a "Christian Nation" has led away from the important question of whether it should be.


It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 14:29 by Terry Sanderson

With the Archbishop of Westminster making the case for clerics in hospitals, Terry Sanderson questions why hospital chaplains are still funded by the public purse when the NHS needs all the help it can get.

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Will the new Archbishop’s evangelical fervour aid destruction of the welfare state?

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:38 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks if the new Archbishop's determination to "bring people to Jesus" will result in him colluding in the destruction of state-run welfare services.

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Faith-based welfare – the push goes on

Posted: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:07 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's big society initiative could result in religion taking control of welfare provision, just as it did in Victorian times. Terry Sanderson warns against this and explains why the role of 'faith communities' should be limited and modest.

Mr Cameron, the Big Society and the fundamentalists

Mr Cameron, the Big Society and the fundamentalists

Posted: Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:18 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the undesirability of handing out public money to religious groups without strong controls in place.

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to feed the poor

Faith based welfare looms as local authorities ask 'Big Society' to feed the poor

Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:50 by Stephen Evans

As the UK economy stagnates, church-run food banks are booming. But as local authorities draw up plans to refer people in need to food banks, Stephen Evans asks: should the welfare state force citizens to turn to the church in their hour of need?